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Road Trip With Your Dog: A Guide to California’s 17-Mile Scenic Drive

written by ParoChak July 8, 2015
17-mile drive pets dogs Carmel California
17-mile drive pets dogs Carmel California

Carmel has a ton of dog friendly activities for your pooch to have a jolly good time (see a helpful list here for leash free areas and other options), but nothing beats the 17-mile drive between Carmel and Monterey which has many beautiful lookout points, the gorgeous pebble beach, the lone cyprus lookout point, white sandy beach of the Fanshell overlook (favorite of the seals), Bird Rock, Spanish Bay and drop-dead gorgeous vistas of the California coast. You can get a helpful map of the different sites along the loop when you enter the 17 mile drive route from the Carmel side (be prepared to shell out $10/vehicle) and here is a helpful interactive map. Our last day at Carmel comprised of heading out on this scenic 17-mile drive and feeling the wind in the hair! All the beaches  on the 17-mile drive are dog friendly and Babu had a lot of fun running around in the sand. We had a quick breakfast at Carmel Belle, checked out of the Inn and drove along the western ring of the loop (along the coast). We exited the route and drove northward to grab lunch at the Walnut Avenue cafe in downtown Santa Cruz (another dog friendly cafe with a separate doggie menu!) and then headed home. Overall, a well spent long weekend. We unraveled, relaxed and had a lot of fun! Highly recommended for a respite from the humdrum of life and for young, old, kids and fur kids! These photos are from different stops along the 17-mile drive, which comprises of several attractions such as the Lone Cypress and Pebble Beach. I hope you enjoy these photos and do make sure that you embark on the 17-mile drive if you are visiting the Bay Area. It is only 2.5-3hrs drive from San Francisco and is entirely doable in 4-5 hours. To read more about a perfect getaway from July 4th fireworks with your dog, read my posts on Carmel here and here.

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Hope you enjoyed our mini-vacation photos! Although tiny, Carmel is the best place to decompress and lots of fun for the whole family. Do visit this sea-side town and let me know of your experience!

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18 comments

Lola The Rescued Cat September 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

Looks like you and your pup had a great time It looks so relaxing there. As always, nice photos!

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Michelle September 13, 2017 at 10:38 am

Beautiful photos, I have done Route 1 from San Fran to LA but we didn’t stop much and without dogs. I’d love to come back one day and see this part in more depth.

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Cathy Armato September 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm

These photos are spectacular! There’s nothing like the California coastline. I’m sorry I didn’t get to visit Carmel when I lived in AZ, I’m hoping to get there someday soon.
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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Tenacious Little Terrier September 13, 2017 at 8:04 pm

The sky and ocean are so vivid. Adding another place I want to visit to the list! Did you see any seals while you were there?

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ParoChak September 14, 2017 at 4:55 am

No, we saw some in Sausalito though!

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Amelia Johnson September 13, 2017 at 8:39 pm

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. I love the coast of California and hope to drive out there with my dog from the East Coast. This post gives me a better idea of where I can take my water-loving pooch.

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Viktoria Marquardt September 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm

I’m glad you guys had an awesome time! Those pictures don’t even do justice! Such a gorgeous place.

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The Dash Kitten Crew September 13, 2017 at 8:47 pm

I need to come and visit again. This is a splendid photo essay on a gorgeous area.

Thank you for sharing your local area, I LOVE seeing the world through internet travel!

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Beth September 13, 2017 at 10:11 pm

I went to Carmel once many years ago. I have always wanted to go back. Your photos are beautiful and I’m glad to know it is dog-friendly.

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Clare Reece-Glore September 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Beautiful photos and great resources. I would love to do this with my dog.

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Jana Rade September 13, 2017 at 10:54 pm

Does look scenic indeed. Cookie is asking how many mice you found? If none, she’s not interested, LOL.

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Dorothy "FiveSibesMom" September 14, 2017 at 2:09 am

Oh, these photos are amazing! I have never been to the West Coast as of yet, and it is on my list of places to visit! I just love being an armchair traveler and following along on your wonderfully scenic tours! This just makes me wish I could pack my bags and Huskies and hit the road! Maybe one day!

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Lorie Ham September 14, 2017 at 3:11 am

What fun and great photos! I will have to check out that cafe next time I get to Santa Cruz I didn’t know it was there. I haven’t traveled with my dogs yet but I’d like to.

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Happy-Go-Doodle September 14, 2017 at 3:48 am

Such gorgeous photos and beautiful views! It looks like just the place to relax with your pup! Thanks for sharing!

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Sweet Purrfections September 14, 2017 at 4:41 am

You have the most beautiful locations to visit, especially with your dog. I went to Carmel for a short trip on a sight seeing tour. I didn’t get a chance to really get out and explore though.

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ParoChak September 14, 2017 at 4:54 am

Thank you Paula! Visit California again!

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Dolly the Doxie September 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

That stretch of road has to be one of the most beautiful places our country has. I watched the HBO series filmed in Monterrey and having to drive over that bridge every day does not look like fun. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and glad to see that the dogs got to enjoy and too. Sandra and Dolly

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Shayla September 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

What a stunning hike! I always wish I was closer to the water when I read your blogs!

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