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Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

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Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
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A great way to see the high desert country

the is a very good drive going from the valley floor to the high country...all desert. Idylwild is a great town with lots of shops to peruse. and don't be surprised by the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

the is a very good drive going from the valley floor to the high country...all desert. Idylwild is a great town with lots of shops to peruse. and don't be surprised by the change in temp from the desert floor

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Frankfort, il, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I have seen others write negative things about this scenic byway. Most were from people afraid of heights, windy roads, steep grades, etc. We found the byway beautiful. But then I am able to negotiate such mountainous roads. If you like this road, then take Hy. 243 between Palms to pines Scenic Byway and Banning, CA. It is just as... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The Palms to Pines road winds up and out of Palm Desert over a series of switchbacks with nothing between you and the sheer dropoffs but a light guard rail. Unless you are familiar with the road, I'd recommend driving it in good clear daylight weather at least the first few times. Once you rise up out of the desert... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Be sure to pull over at some of the pull offs so the driver can enjoy the view too! Some awesome photo opportunities overlooking Palm Desert.

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Mosinee WI
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We started the trip on Sunday and it was so busy there really wasn't anywhere to park at the stops so we decided to turn around. Traffic was way less on Monday and made for a much better trip with beautiful views. The drive reminds me of driving in St Thomas only it is about 10 miles of switchbacks on... More 

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Melbourne, FL
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Although this is an incredibly beautiful drive, plan to pull over many times so that the driver may enjoy as well! When on the road he/she will want to maintain eye contact with the winding mountain road. We pulled over several times just to look, but also to let others pass so that we didn't feel rushed. Photo tip: go... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Leaving after breakfast and expecting vistas that were breath taking...yes. However, the driver will not enjoy the twists and turns if expecting to enjoy the views. We were hoping for more overlooks and areas to stop and get the "WOW" views. There are some, but the traffic we did encounter on our day did make selecting where and when to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Travelled from the Palm Dessert to Idyllwild and was amazed by the vast difference in the climate and the landscape. The mountain views are stunning and there are a number of opportunities for you to stop on the road (safely) to take pictures. The roads do require your attention and there are many cars who appear to be more familiar... More 

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Northern Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Palms to Pines Byway is advertised as a 67 mile drive, which is true if you only consider the scenic drive. Assuming that you are staying somewhere between Banning and Palm Desert, and plan on returning to the same point, the drive is actually a 103 mile loop connecting Highway 74, Highway 243, Interstate 10, and Highway 111. Plan on... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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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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