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Scenic Road
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Scenic Road is certainly that. It follows the rocky coast from Ocean Avenue along Carmel Beach and past Carmel Point to Carmel River Beach.

The inland side of the road is lined with small but very nice houses, including the historic stone structures built by poet Robinson Jeffers. Only two homes lie on the coastal side, one of them a Frank Lloyd Wright design.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
See also: Robinson Jeffers

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Carmel Beach from the top

Carmel Beach from the top

The sugar-white sand of Carmel Beach ramps up in a dune to the end of Ocean Avenue. Big surf and cold water make it a challenging beach for swimming.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Cypress trees along Carmel's Scenic Road

Cypress trees along Carmel's Scenic Road

Planted, though nearby native, Monterey Cypress trees adorn Carmel's aptly named Scenic Road. The town employs a city forester and strictly regulates the planting and care of trees in the urban area.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Stairs down to Carmel Beach

Stairs down to Carmel Beach

Major storms in the 1990's eroded the Carmel shoreline and required construction of retaining walls and stairways.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Frank Lloyd Wright house in Carmel

Frank Lloyd Wright house in Carmel

One of only two buildings on the ocean side of Scenic Road, this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home occupies a perfect spot at the south end of Carmel Beach

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Coves along Scenic Road in Carmel

Coves along Scenic Road in Carmel

South from the Frank Lloyd Wright house the beach ends and is replaced by rocky shoreline and pocket beaches.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Robinson Jeffers' Tor House in Carmel

Robinson Jeffers' Tor House in Carmel

Poet Robinson Jeffers built and lived in the granite house seen directly uphill. Until the 1940's it stood almost alone on this stretch of rocky shoreline.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Hawk Tower and Tor House

Hawk Tower and Tor House

The square stone tower built by Robinson Jeffers next to Tor House is the Hawk Tower.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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