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Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
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Nice Drive

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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108 reviews 108 reviews
35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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
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29 helpful votes 29 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I have been taking this road into palm desert for years. It offers plenty of space and time to think to yourself or enjoy it just as much with someone else! Of course the views are going to be amazing from that high up on the mountains but by far seeing the sunrise has been the best to pull over... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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166 reviews 166 reviews
84 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We thought this would be nice drive, but that is an understatement. The views were spectacular. Take you time and use the pullouts as each one has a great view. It is long winding road ascending through the arid desert zones to the higher altitude semi-arid zone, then we got to the pines trees. There is a large pullout at... More 

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columbus ohio
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82 reviews 82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I'm sure this road has been used for a sports car commercial. The twists and turns make this an exciting ride. Stop at one of the overlooks where there are great views of the valley. It's interesting to see where the natural desert landscape meets the lush watered neighborhoods and golf courses.

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Helena, MT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We were in Palm Springs for a juried vintage travel trailer show that was part of Modernism Week. Our 1949 Curtis Wright trailer came from the desert around Palm Desert so we werer just looking around It was hot in the valley so we took the byway up to Idylewild tok hike a bit at 6300 feet, much cooler than... More 

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107 reviews 107 reviews
46 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The 1963 movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" had many scenes filmed along this highway, and it was fun to take the drive. There are a number of pull-outs where you can stop for photos. It is a bit narrow and places and has many twists and turns, but most areas have guard rails. Some people were driving... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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211 attraction reviews
538 helpful votes 538 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is an awesome view of the valley. I came up from San Diego so was able to see all of the greatness. But you could simply drive up to the lookout area and then drive back. Great views!

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