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“Nerve racking !” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pines to Palms Scenic Byway

Pines to Palms Scenic Byway
Palm Desert, CA
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Palm Desert
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
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Palm Springs, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Nerve racking !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

What an ordeal to get up that mountain! I don't do the driving myself since my eyes are closed till we get up there. Most of the times it's worth it to escape the deadly temperatures in the valley. Once you are up there it is amazingly beautiful. But be prepared for that drive!

Visited July 2013
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“Great view but take your Dramamine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is a great drive. It provides excellent views of the desert valley but it also is very curvy. So be prepared to be a bit car sick. It straightens out once you climb up the hill. Also, if it is hot out make sure that your car is in good condition or you might get stuck.

Visited April 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“GREAT 1/2 day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Views are to die. Started in Palm Desert and went to Banning. Lunch in Idyllwyld. Pay attention to road conditions and shoulder!

Visited April 2013
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San Diego, CA
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“The best way to get to the desert!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We travel this highway frequently from Temecula through the beautiful Anza valley and then up over the mountains -- it is a beautiful drive. It is a windy two-lane road, so be careful, and put the passengers who might get car sick in the front seat!
Be sure to check if there's any possibility of snow, as chains are sometimes required. We've also had a nice lunch on several occasions at the Paradise Cafe about half way.

Visited April 2013
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“Amazing vacation & time with family❤”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Fantabulous place & time with Tommy &Abbey, & Lance. You have to go on the sky ride to mountain top & Zoo& Joshua Tree Natl

Visited December 2012
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