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17-Mile Drive

Set aside an afternoon, pack a picnic, fork over the $9 entrance fee, and prepare to see some of the most exclusive real estate in California. The drive is accessible from any of five gates: two from Pacific Grove to the north, one from Carmel to the south, or two from Monterey to the east. The most convenient entrance from Hwy. 1 is off the main road at the Holman Highway exit. You may beat traffic by entering at the Carmel Gate and doing the tour backward. Admission to the drive includes an informative map with 26 points of interest. Other highlights include Seal and Bird Rocks, where you can see countless gulls and cormorants, as well as seals and sea lions; and Cypress Point Lookout, with a 20-mile view to the Big Sur Lighthouse. From afar, you can also admire the famous Lone Cypress tree that has inspired many artists and photographers (although it's no longer accessible on foot). The drive also traverses the Del Monte Forest, thick with tame black-tailed deer and often described as some "billionaire's private game preserve." Note: One of the best ways to see 17-Mile Drive is by bike. For more information on 17-Mile Drive and an interactive map, see www.pebblebeach.com and click on "17-Mile Drive" at the bottom of the page.

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