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Pines to Palms Scenic Byway

Palm Desert, CA
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Ranked #5 of 26 Attractions in Palm Desert
Type: Scenic Drives
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Temecula, CA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Lots of turns and twists!! Love the scenery!! Make sure if you are sightseeing, to pull over and let the faster drivers by...LOL

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We went to Long Beach via the FW10 and 91.It but the views are magnificant was horrific, one long traffic jam. So we came back down the coast to Dana Point then took the 74 over the Santa anna and San Jacinto mountains. Ok, so it took 5 hours but the views are magnificant. I didn't find the driving hard... More

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

This drive is nowhere near as scary as people are making out, you can drive as slow as fast as you like and use the turnouts to let faster traffic pass. Also, there are plenty of places to stop and pull in, take some photos and just observe the absolutely fantastic views. The views change from desert mountains to green... More

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San Francisco
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12 reviews 12 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It only takes about 40 minutes to get to Idyllwild and the road is nowhere near as scary as everyone makes it out to be. There are twists and turns but spectacular scenery all the way. You can drive up, have lunch, take a look around, and drive back down in an afternoon. The changes in vegetation and geology are... More

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Yucca Valley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

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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177 reviews 177 reviews
106 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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Nipomo, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
35 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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