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Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

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Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
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A very scenic and exciting drive with lots to see and learn. The road is very windy with steep hills. The view is at times breathtaking. During the day it is a pleasant drive. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Palm Desert
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A very scenic and exciting drive with lots to see and learn. The road is very windy with steep hills. The view is at times breathtaking. During the day it is a pleasant drive. The drive takes your full attention because of the twists and turns in the road. I do not recommend this route at nite.

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Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I was on my way back from Palm Springs and decided to take a detour on the scenic byway and I'm glad I did! The palms to pines highway doesn't disappoint, I was surprised by the different types of landscape along the drive over the hills, from desert to rocks to groves of pines. It was amazing if you have... More 

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

A beautiful ride, and should be done by everyone. The ride from he desert to the palm trees is breathtaking!!!

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Rancho Mirage, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

If you are pulling off the highway, put your signal on and park carefully off the road. If the day is clear, one will have an absolutely sparkling view of the valley especially once it is dark. It's well worth stopping for. It is amazing to see how large the Valley is from one end to the other.

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Elora, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

If travelling form Palm Desert/Springs to San Diego this highway is a must, beautiful scenery as you go up through the mountains and into pine trees. Really enjoyed it have driven it twice now. Would not suggest going up in the dark though if unsure of the road as there are many twists and turns.

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Montana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

You get some great windy road and amazing vistas just outside of Palm Desert. Really cool to drive back down and drop into the desert valley. Worth it! But be careful on the curves!

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Indy
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83 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

After dinner we headed out on this drive up into the mountains. It was wonderful and I'm glad my husband was driving so I could enjoy the amazing views. If you get out to take pics, please watch your steps. There are rattlers along the side of the road.

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Palm Desert, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

The switchback the first 10 or so miles are a bit scary and don't offer the driver any opportunity to enjoy the views. But well worth the drive and opportunity to drive through many climate and foliage changes. Palms to Pines is appropriately named. We take the trip often for a refreshing escape from desert heat. It is also a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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Address: Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Desert

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