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Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

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Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
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A California Must See

Everyone should experience this breathlessly exciting ride through the mountains. There are beautiful views of the Coachella Valley as well as the mountains going through... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Cathedral City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Everyone should experience this breathlessly exciting ride through the mountains. There are beautiful views of the Coachella Valley as well as the mountains going through Mountain Center Valley.

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Dundee, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We took this road towards San Diego. Once you get out there, you go through a few very tiny towns, but it's just scenery, just what we like! Lots of cliffs, lots of scenic views, lots of rolling hills... Just a great scenic ride....

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful drive! The windy roads keep you on your toes if you're driving so you might miss some of the fantastic landscape. It's like a different world for most of the drive--dry, rocky but so gorgeous. Highly recommend.

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Hummelstown, pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Perhaps not for the faint of heart but a great drive none the less. Always a chance to see Big Horns and the view is second to none!

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Lasne, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

It is worth the effort to take the tram to the top. Somehow seeing the whole Coachella Valley adds perspective to the area. It is cooler at the top so beware you may need a coverup. There are some interesting walks for the fitter visitor.

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Monymusk, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A fantastic drive with great bends - you really should take a sports car up this road and the views are fantastic.

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Marana, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

If you have time, this is a fascinating drive. Wonderful views of the Palm Springs area as you climb up on the Byway and then you're in a very different California thereafter.

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Palm Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Great drive and very scenic. Watch for the locals riding your rear-end as you navigate the steep grade into and out of Palm Desert. Not many passing lanes. Some good foto-op turn-outs.

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Corona del Mar, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 604 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The Pines to Palms Highway (also called the Ortega Highway or SR 74) is an incredible scenic drive, but coming down from Orange County into Elsinore and then again down into Palm Desert is not for someone with acrophobia. The road is very curvy and one of those roads where you have to take the "35 mph" on a curve... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The scenery is worth the fact that at times you are stuck behind slower moving traffic. There are several places to look out over the valley, and further east and south, other areas that are of interest. Early mornings you might happen to see some Big Horn sheep standing in the rocks next to the road. A great way to... More 

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