Thursday, July 28, 2011

Beautiful, Gorgeous, 17 Mile Scenic Drive.....



The 17 mile scenic drive was the most fabulous, amazingly beautiful drive, with the weather being perfect,  it was indeed, "The  greatest meeting of land and sea in the world"

A winding road that leads through an exclusive neighborhood and past scenic coastal views to the famed Pebble Beach, the 17 Mile Drive forms our favorite memories.



                                       Many locations along the Drive have starred in motion pictures including National Velvet with Elizabeth Taylor, The Caddie with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, One Eyed Jack with Karl Malden and Marlon Brando; and Escape from Witch Mountain (Disney).
Various artists over the years have found inspiration for their painting of flora and fauna along the famous coastal landmark
                                       The closest thing you could compare this to is a lovely isle on the Irish coast.
Rocky cliffs, large boulders protruding out of the water, and the most inspiring pristine beaches...


This is one of the most famous Arch Bridge that is well built on a concrete re-enforcement in 1932.      

The 17 Mile is a toll road, the per car fee gets you in and you will get a driving guide to take along with you. It would take one about two hours,  or more if you stop to eat.
For the best chance of clear views, one must go from mid to late afternoon like us.


 The lovely pacific blue: simply gorgeous!
                              You'll want to stop and snap a shot at every turn along this historic two-lane road that hugs the coast of California. It isn't a road to speed along, and southbound is the better direction to travel as it puts the scenic overlooks and parking areas on your right--much easier for quick stops.
It was so much fun, I didn't feel like leaving this beautiful place
The road winds through forest area, and along the ocean front, passing 3 golf courses, 2 luxury hotels and the famed lone cypress tree. The guide map would give a brief description of each point of interest. 17 miles of sea and sky, immaculate golf courses, and dream homes set graciously behind elegant gates... this is the essence of Pebble Beach's 17 Mile Drive.







One can travel as long as one likes, there are numerous turn outs, along the road to stop, take pictures,
stroll along the ocean, or among the trees, just soak, soak and soak, in the atmosphere.
Instead of paying for airfares and good dollars for guided tours, touring California at your own pace in a rental car is a very attractive proposition indeed




                                             Look at this picture: it is pure heaven


 Our son couldn't resist taking the picture of this awesome looking Mustang (right behind us).


Well, I trust you all enjoyed this picturesque journey with us. See you next  with another travelogue where we travel through Santa Barbara, where the rich and famous live in beautiful mansions.








20 comments:

  1. My brother lives in CA and he never mentioned about it. He is in trouble this evening.

    Beautiful pictures and you seem to enjoy it a lot.

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  2. Gorgeous photos , Rama .you have captured the essence of the place beautifully with your photos and words !!

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  3. Lovely shots, Rama! 17 mile drive is truly scenic. I've been there a few times and loved it every time.

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  4. hey y dint u try modelling..!!

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  5. beautiful images and yes, we loved it when we drove through the place.....amazing and so well kept :)

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  6. Oh wow...such a stunning landscape! Great journey through pictures along the 17 mile drive. Eagerly awaiting the Santa Barbara episode:)

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  7. Such gorgeous photos Rama, I really enjoyed that:)

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  8. lovely pictures..
    I have a FAMILY IN CALIFORNIA..(my aunt) who lives close to this place..and often tells us to visit them..
    its breathtakingly beautiful...MUST take a Vacation now!
    Enjoy your trip dear! its memories and thanks for sharing with us ..tc..

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  9. Rama, thanks for taking me there, it was one unforgettable day of my life when I visited there.. apparently,I just now started a painting on this subject :-)

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  10. Loved pictures and the description.The blue Pacific is so gorgeous.It must have been so fun to enjoy the beauty of mountains ,ocean and the sandy beaches at the same time.

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  11. Nature is too beautiful for words!Thanks for the lovely tour!!

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  12. I love the 17-mile drive. I have a few pics myself :).

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  13. Amazing beautiful.. loved the pictures ..

    Bikram's

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  14. Truly magnificent Rama. How I wish.....
    Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of the journey.

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  15. Done the 17 mile drive couple of times in the past. It is beautiful!

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  16. Beautiful post. This reminds of the pristine beauty of the Karnataka coast with wonderful beaches.

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  17. Shots are stunning Rama, enjoyed the 17 miles scenic drive through your post. its magnificent.

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  18. hope u had wonderful experience...scenic drives are always exciting...love all the cool pics...

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  19. HEY RAMA ..VERY NICE DESCRIPTION OF 17 MILE .u VISITED THE BIGSUR COAST TOO I GUESS.tHAT'S NICE.Does ur son stay in the bay area?

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