17 Mile Drive: Heaven on a Highway

17 Mile Drive: Heaven on a Highway

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Recently, Lucas and I took a very famous and very scenic road-trip down 17 mile drive. That day, however, our journey started in Redding, CA, MUCH further up north and inland.

In one day, we traveled south and stopped in Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel.

This particular stretch of highway is widely renowned as one of the more spectacular drives in the world; the views truly are breathtaking.

Our first stop was the city of s Monterey, known for being the “Language Capital of the World,” because of the many cultures that developed the area. The language diversity you will still find there today is amazing.  Monterey has roots that are Native American, Mexican, various Asian cultures, that are too numerous to mention, Portuguese and Spanish.

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One of this city’s oldest and most famous attractions is Cannery Row, a street along the waterfront lined with what used to be sardine canning factories, hence it’s name. Whether metaphorically or for more literal reasons, Cannery Row has fascinated the minds of some of the most talented artists in the world, Bob Dylan and John Steinbeck just to name a few.

Another incredibly popular attraction in Monterey is its Farmers’ Market. We stopped by and had a great time talking to our friendly fellow shoppers (mostly non-tourists), and heard such great stories from everyone. Our favorite person that we met that day, however, had to have been the man who was biking his way up and down the Pacific Coast Line,  just to do it. He had already conquered the Eastern Sea Board by bike alone and was having a blast doing it again on the western side of the U.S.

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As we entered Pebble Beach, the beautiful 17-Mile Drive began. Even though this quaint little nest is known for its gorgous landscaping and views, Pebble Beach is even better known for its golf course which reguarly hosts the P.G.A Tour. As recent as June, crowds swarmed the place and took over when Pebble Beach hosted the U.S. Open Tournament.

After Pebble Beach, we got back on the road and headed towards Carmel. Carmel, or “Carmel by the Sea” as it’s referred to officially, is one of my favorite places I’ve been to yet and I would love to make this adorable little town my home someday.

Carmel made its name as a hotbed for artists of all types as early as 1910, and that tratition carries on today. It’s still a safe haven for artists, and by taking in its scenery you can’t help but be inspired and understand why this is so.

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  • DARRELL MALLOY on Aug 25, 2010 Reply

    I’m so happy ya’ll are getting to see and do all that you are. However, can’t wait till you’re home and I can share some of ya’ll’s time.

    Love,

    Darrell

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