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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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I used to drive this route every day back in the mid-1980's when I was a lifeguard at the pool at ISOMATA. loved driving on this "scary scenic" road and the views are tdf (to die... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I used to drive this route every day back in the mid-1980's when I was a lifeguard at the pool at ISOMATA. loved driving on this "scary scenic" road and the views are tdf (to die for), especially if you take your eyes off the road. I took my family back up and down this highway from the direction of... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We used this Byway to go to San Diego for doctors' appts. Went several times in 2015. I'd rate 5 stars for the trek- LOVE the desert topography. 0 rating for safety. Sadly, we were almost in what would've been a very deadly accident, so we had to switch our route. OMG! Beware of impatient idiots on this road.

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Palm Desert, California
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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive up can be a bit edgy if you don't like a mountain road. But once you are ther the view is beautiful if the weather is nice.

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Virginia Beach, Va
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive is amazing but frightening. The road is extremely winding, two lanes, and for the most part no guardrail. Expect it to be slow going and be overly cautious.

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 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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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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