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Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
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Ranked #4 of 52 things to do in Palm Desert
Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Scenic drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks

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Helena, MT
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589 reviews 589 reviews
193 attraction reviews
257 helpful votes 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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46 attraction reviews
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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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843 reviews 843 reviews
199 attraction reviews
512 helpful votes 512 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Fun drive but if you get carsick do not take this route due to switchbacks and steep cliffs. Stop in Idyllwild

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Palm Desert, California
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165 reviews 165 reviews
29 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Taking the Palms to Pines highway give you a wonderful view of the coachella valley and some great hair pin curves to enjoy a high performance sports car. Great with the top down on a sunny day!

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Campbell River, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This makes for a great drive up to Idlywild and Julian (Julian is world famous for their apple pies) and well deserved. We took hwy 74 up to Julian and then came back down over by Banning. Great day!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We took this route, despite reading reviews from some travellers claiming that it was terrifying and treacherous. Yes, as a driver, you must keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to your driving, but that should go without saying. The road is in excellent condition, the scenery is lovely, saw three mountain sheep on the road! Stopped in... More 

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Manlius, New York
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13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We took this drive specifically because the opening scenes of this classic film were shot here. For fans of the movie, you can find the actual spot where Smiler Grogan crashed through the guard-rail and went sailing right out there and crashed into the canyon below. I walked down to where the car came to rest and found that there's... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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111 reviews 111 reviews
43 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We drove the southern half of Palms to Pines Scenic Byway out of Palm Desert on a Sunday morning as a scenic route through the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. We were rewarded with very light traffic and stunning views of the sunrise over the Coachella Valley. The road is curvy but... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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101 reviews 101 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

A suggestion of things to do by the Desert Riviera Hotel was to drive up to Idyllwild in the Mountains. Great! The beginning stretch from rte 10 to 243 and up the mt was an incredible trip. All is paved and two lanes and most sections have guard rails but there are some switchbacks and white knuckle moments. The trip... More 

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