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Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
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A Beautiful Drive

When you come to this highway you can either go left to Idyllwild or right to Palm Desert. Either way it is a beautiful drive. When you are on top where the Pines are you may... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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156 reviews 156 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

When you come to this highway you can either go left to Idyllwild or right to Palm Desert. Either way it is a beautiful drive. When you are on top where the Pines are you may see snow in the winter and spring but by the time you get to the desert floor an hour or so later it can... More 

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Mission, Canada
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Did a trip to the temecula wineries ,headed out number 10 hwy ,through Hemet and down to the wineries. On our way back we drove through Anza which was very unique,A sea of large boulders on the climb to 5000feet. When you join hwy 74 it's all down hill,beautiful drive but was bothered by tailgating locals who definitely new this... More 

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Anaheim, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful trip from the desert to the moubtains. Gentle rise in elevation and awesome view points. You can see forever. Leave the heat and enjoy the cool mountain air. You'll experience a 20 degree drop in temperature

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San Diego
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I normally take this route to Palm Springs area from San Diego just for the views, but be warned it is a two-lane very winding road amid the mountains. Either direction is fun, but the views are best going to PS. Be sure to stop at the scenic lookout halfway down. There are pullouts marked for the slower driver who... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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155 reviews 155 reviews
49 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We decided to take this highway as an alternative to the interstate and were delighted at the views. Be prepared to drive slowly and carefully at all times. At one turn, an elk jumped out of nowhere. Remember where there is deer or elk, there are also mountain lions and rattlers, but you knew that. There are turnouts if you... More 

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

There are no facilities along the way, until Idyllwild. So, if you want snacks or beverages, (and please don't do this after a beer or glass of wine - you need to be on your toes and 100% alert) take them with you and visit the necessary rooms first. We didn't complete the whole drive. We did it on a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

What a great drive for an afternoon. it's worth your time to see the major difference from palms to pines. please it's a little chilly up there.

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Seattle, WA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Very steep and curvy road, with a Vista point overlooking the Coachella and the Cahuilla-Tewanet overlook with Native history information. The Garner valley is lovely.

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Palm Desert, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love this wonderful mountain road, twisting and turning from desert landscape to the cool mountain village of Idyllwild. However I have friends who are afraid to attempt it. Idyllwild is a quaint village with gift shops and restaurants, cabins to rent...trails to hike. Campground, Nature Center. Lake Hemet for fishing is nearby. Jazz concerts every year. A very unique... More 

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Mississauga
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We took this drive from Palm Springs up through the San Jacinto Mountains to Idlywild. It is a beautiful drive up with many twists and turns. The views are spectacular as you go up. There are lookouts on the way but some of the better scenery is definitely from the car. Idlywild is at the top at 6000 ft and... More 

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