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Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

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Address: Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA
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This drive is one we have done many many times over the years, at the beginning you leave behind the desert and clime a very steep and winding road. Near the top is a scenic... read more

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Calgary, Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This drive is one we have done many many times over the years, at the beginning you leave behind the desert and clime a very steep and winding road. Near the top is a scenic point for photos or just to admire the view. Once at the very top you drive along a more flat road but very scenic as... More 

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La Quinta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I take the Palms to Pines Highway at least once a week to/from Idyllwild. It's a gorgeous stretch of "Scenic Road" where you go through at least 5 different climactic changes along the way from the desert to the evergreens in the mountains. It's beautiful especially in the spring if the winter has had some rain where the wild flowers... More 

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Lansing, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of snow when we were there made it extra fun. Beautiful vistas. Interesting trees and plants. We really enjoyed this drive.

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take a day trip on Highway 74 out of Palm Desert to Pines. We guarantee you won't be disappointed. And it's FREE! Early in the trip you come upon a vista point where you can pull off and take in a spectacular view of the SJ valley. (At some point in your stay come back here ar night to see... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take this scenic drive and you will be awestruck. an interesting curvy drive with great views down to the valley. Take your time and stop often to take in the scenery.

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Langley
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staying with friends, we took a drive to the lookout. Fun road to drive, large lookout to view the valley.

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stop at the highway 74 visitor center and get information about the monument at San Jacinto. The staff is informative and have a good map. The California mountains got heavy snows this month. We decided to delay our trip until the roads were cleared and we were glad we did. The section around Idyllwild makes me think of Colorado. We... More 

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Bondsville, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Stopped at visitor center and were encouraged to view a 40 minute video. It was excellent and encourage anyone with time to view it. Drive could be intensive as it is windy and some drivers behind you want to go faster. Turn offs are plentiful to allow them to fly by you. Many vistas for great views

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Avoid the Interstate. If you are coming from the coast definitely take Highway 74. It might be difficult to drive at night because there are a number of curves and switchbacks but the ride to well worth it.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

We've visited Palm Springs & Palm Desert many times but had never driven the 150-mile round trip from Palm Desert to Idyllwild to Banning to Palm Springs. It's a rather short drive but well worth it. Idyllwild is a wonderful mountain village destination and you'll marvel at the beautiful countryside you'll encounter in 150 miles, not to mention the views.... More 

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