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Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

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Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
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Beautiful Drive to Idyllwild

We drove the Palms to Pines several times, always enjoying the panoramic views of the valley as we zig zagged up into the mountains, and back down again. The contrast between the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Healdsburg, CA

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Healdsburg, CA
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We drove the Palms to Pines several times, always enjoying the panoramic views of the valley as we zig zagged up into the mountains, and back down again. The contrast between the dry rocky terrain on the way up from Palm Desert to the green meadows and forests approaching Idyllwild is always fun, and the road is in excellent condition.... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Make sure you visit the monument visitors center great info and movie about the First People of the land and the place they still feel their ancestors.

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Colleyville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The drive is not at all hard, the road is well paved , signed and there are numerous pull outs to let faster drivers get around you. The elevation, foliage, temperature and scenic views are well worth it. About halfway through you can make a pit stop in Idyllwild to stretch your legs or grab a bite to eat.

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Thank Mitch M
Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the most spectacular drives ever -- from the low desert floor to craggy, sculptured mountains that reach up to 8,000 feet. Simply wow!

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Steinbach, Canada
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Make sure you plan this on a clear day when you can see the valley. There are a bunch of turn outs and make sure you take advantage of the big one with a parking lot so you can take some pics. You can do this for free or pay a lot of $$$ for the tram and get a... More 

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Thank samartin586
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like to drive the switchbacks up the mountains this is the place for you while in the Coachella Valley. I'm a spirited driver and participate in motorsports, don't think that if you're not a race car driver that you should not drive up, if you're not keen on driving at the speed limit on the way up there... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If yes, this is a great detour. Added about 30 minutes to our journey from Joshua Tree to LA. The roads are good quality (well sealed, very well cambered, plenty of spots to pull over). The changing scenery is spectacular. If you are not a confident driver - think twice. Being from NZ we are used to roads like these,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveling from San Diego to Palm Desert this seemed like the shortest route. Except...it's 20 miles of a terrifying twisting, steep two lane road from which there is no return. Once you start down there is no turning back and you just have to pray to God you don't die there. People will be on your tail driving 60 when... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While there are several vantage points offering some spectacular view of the valley below, this is just not that interesting, especially for those of us from the Pacific Northwest. It is just dry, rocky and quite monotonous.

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San Diego
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A breathtakingly beautiful drive. Love driving back to San Diego this way. Fun mountainous curvy roads. Great scenery. And you get to Julian for apple pie.

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