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Pines to Palms Scenic Byway

Palm Desert, CA
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Ranked #5 of 25 attractions in Palm Desert
Type: Scenic Drives
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Yucca Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

but, don't bother if the humidity / haze is up. It is superb when the valley air is clear. The loop thru Garner Valley is so pretty, and the little town of Idyllwild is worth a stop for lunch..

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Dallas, Texas
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149 reviews 149 reviews
86 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

What a fantastic way to get out of Palm Springs and into other local cities!! This is a road that requires your full attention, that is for sure, but if you can watch the road and handle lots of tight turns and cutbacks, the scenery is worth it! This route will take you through the back country and through several... More

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Brentwood, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is a perfect shortcut from SD to PS, I like driving this road for the various landscapes it get me through. There is nothing scary, it only need to pay attention. View is breathtaking. And if you think this is scaring ( as I read in many reviews) don't even think about engage yourself in driving on the Alps!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Our Garmin led us on this ridiculous shortcut on our way to San Diego. Nothing but rising switchbacks all the way to the top! It is scary the entire route until you get to the top and it turns into gorgeous pines and a western-horse-town kind of feeling. My husband drove and I did NOT let him look. I am... More

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La Quinta, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
33 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The only really, really dangerous parts of the road are the seven or so miles directly above the Coachella Valley. The views from the rest area are spectacular; all the way to the Salton Sea if the air is clear. The hazard are the drivers (inexperienced; distracted)and vehicles (towing something; RV) that shouldn't be on the road.... This is a... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This road scared me to death, and gave me nightmares. It's straight up, very curvy, and the sides are shear drops down on both sides. There's no turning back, there's no turning off, once you're on it - your fate is sealed. I can not attest to the views as I was the driver who kept my eyes on the... More

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Grande Prairie
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

the view of the desert valley is amazing at any time of day, especially early morning and evening...

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Corinth, Maine
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123 reviews 123 reviews
11 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Beautifully maintained two-lane highway from Anza to Palm Desert--a descent from Pinyon Pine of over 4,000 feet. Breathtaking, white-knuckle turns and drop-offs; and a spectacular view over the desert valley and mountain ranges beyond. Do it!

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Calgary, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Read about this road and it is true it is one great experience. I dreamt of doing it in a Porsche but had to settle for a rental Chrysler 200 still a lot of fun. Take time for a few stops and enjoy the trip!

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Woodland Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

It is breathtaking,I lived twelve miles out of Palm Desert and had to travel the byway daily.The twisting and treverseing, the changeing of geography,plants and catus.It is beauitful,then all of a sudden four miles past vista point , God put Pinyon Pines.Beauitful...Santa Rosa mountain in you face...and thats where i get off...Pines to Palms Ranch...nestled in the base of Santa... More

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