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Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

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Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
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Winding through life

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

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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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Wind your Windows down, turn the air on off and take in the wonderful smells of eucalyptus, desert and an odd smell ammonia lime smell. The views are fantastic - driver take care not to lose concentration.

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Lansing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Must stop if you are traveling 74. Plenty of parking and terrific photo opportunity. Best panoramic view of Coachella valley on a clear day

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Rockville Centre, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Scenic mountain road, plenty of twists and turns. Great for the passenger but the driver needs to pay attention. You can take this road to Idyllwild (about 40 mins) and San Diego (2 hours plus).

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

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

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