The most photographed tree in the world is the Lone Cypress, which stands alone on a rock right on the coast in Pebble Beach, CA. The tree is believed to have been seeded around 1750, making it over 250 years old. This scenic drive attracts countless visitors each year. Many of them stop at the tree to admire its beauty.Since 1919, the Pebble Beach Company has been using the image of the Lone Cypress as its trade dress, making it one of the most recognizable trees in the world. It is easy to spot the Lone Cypress on the 17-Mile Drive. While the tree is a major tourist draw, it is also a very important landmark for the town of Pebble Beach. Although it is a popular tourist attraction, the tree requires a fee to see it.
Its location on a rocky outcropping has made it a symbol of resilience and rugged natural beauty for the people of the Monterey Peninsula. The Lone Cypress overlooks the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Over two centuries of wind and ocean spray has given the Lone Cypress a weather-beaten appearance, but it continues to stand strong, even after losing a limb in a 2019 storm.
The Lone Cypress is one of the most popular stops on any 17-Mile Drive tour, which runs all the way through Pebble Beach along the coast. Amateur and professional photographers from all over the world stop here to take a shot of the tree, although be warned – the resort holds a copyright on a drawing of the Long Cypress which they insist also means they have the rights to all commercial images of the tree. How far the copyright stretches is still uncertain, but we can’t in good conscience recommend getting into a legal battle with a wealthy investment company during your vacation to the California coast.
The Lone Cypress is surrounded by a stone wall, which was added to the tree in the 1940s. Another factor influencing the tree’s life is that the canopy is restricted by the rock around it. Even with the limited spread of the roots, the tree receives potash and phosphorus.
There are many reasons to visit the area of Pebble Beach. The 17-Mile Drive offers incredible scenery and a multitude of sights to see. Besides the Lone Cypress, visitors can also visit Bird Rock, the National Marine Sanctuary, and other exciting sites. If you have the time, take a day trip to this scenic coastal area. As you drive along the road, you’ll be able to enjoy incredible wildlife, amazing beaches, and luxurious resorts.
If you’re planning on taking a trip to Pebble Beach and you want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything interesting, we highly recommend giving the tour a try – we think you’ll be glad you did! The stunning 17-mile drive, including dramatic beaches like Asilomar State Beach, Spanish Bay, China Rock. With its winding roads, breathtaking cliffs and sandy secluded beaches, there are a plethora of hidden gems to explore along this incredible coastline. Also, you will find dozens of accessible hiking trails winding through Del Monte Forest providing amazing opportunities for exploration. As you drive along the road, you’ll be able to enjoy incredible wildlife, amazing beaches, and luxurious resorts.
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