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Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

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Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
Phone Number: 9093822600
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Beautiful Drive

I love this drive. You transition from stark desert to beautiful lush pine forest and beautiful ranch land. I love the desert, you never see the same things twice. Depending on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
KateS7
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Manhattan Beach, CA

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love this drive. You transition from stark desert to beautiful lush pine forest and beautiful ranch land. I love the desert, you never see the same things twice. Depending on the light, the desert is a space that is always changing. When it is 120 degrees at the beginning of this drive, the cool mountain air is a welcome... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Drove up to see the scenery and do some geocaching while the girls were on Paseo Drive shopping to their hearts' content... Windy road, but the views are really nice. The scenic view pull over was ok... Really wish people were not such pigs...The city needs to do a better job keeping it clean as there was trash everywhere. But... More 

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CA Central Coast
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you get carsick, this is not the road for you. Lots of curves and steep drop offs, so make sure your driver is comfortable with that. Take it slow... some of the curves come up quickly. The views are stunning. Fun to watch the temperature drop as you climb. Would be a great day trip from Palm Springs if... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an alternate route between the Palm Springs area and San Diego. Beautiful drive through pine forests with views of the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley to the Salton Sea.

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Cathedral City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love taking newcomers to the Valley up this road. The views are great and the climb is rapid. Rarely can you pass from desert to mountain in such a short time. But beware of the curves and stay alert. Many drive too fast or too slow. Avoid busy weekends if possible.

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Winters, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a great view of Palm Desert and much of the valley a few miles up a very twisty section of Hwy 74, one you'll probably not go to too often, but great for your out of town guest. Or if you own a Ferrari, Porche or super bike a fun drive to see what the car can do.... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the drive from Palm Desert to Idyllwild and it was well worth it! The actual drive, one way, takes roughly an hour, maybe a bit longer if you stop to take in the scenery. The road is a series of switchbacks as you climb in elevation. The landscape quickly changes to a rough, steep mountain terrain. Very impressive!... More 

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North America
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Idyllwild for a business meeting, drove from El Paseo to the nice little town. The drive takes about 45 minutes and by the time you get there everything change from a desert look to a Northern California scenery. Some people flew by you on this road, and sometimes also fly off the road I bet. Really nice drive, must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

This is an absolutely must see when in theh Coachella valley and at any time of the year. The views are amazing and the drive is fun, not to long and several places to stop at vista points.

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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

I'm so glad we took this drive, we stopped at "living Free" animal sanctuary which is on the road and also had lunch in Idyllwild. The temperature difference was a welcomed escape from the desert. PLEASE DRIVE SAFE. The road is quite treacherous. Take your time and be safe. Highly recommend this adventure!

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