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Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

79880 Avenue 42, Highway 74, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203-1453
+1 949-500-5040
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Stunning drive, scenic beauty, excellent half day or full day trip

This drive starts out at the visitors center where they will give you a great map and be sure to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
A Very Scenic Drive

We enjoyed travelling this route. The scenery is magnificent. Go prepared though, there are few... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
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Offering a variety of scenic glider rides over the Coachella Valley and surrounding mountains including Toro Peak, Mount San Jacinto, Mount San Gorgonio, and Joshua Tree.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
79880 Avenue 42, Highway 74, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203-1453
+1 949-500-5040
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This drive starts out at the visitors center where they will give you a great map and be sure to walk the garden before you leave, lots of neat labeled plants. The drive itself is basically 65 miles or so and spills you out near...More

Thank ProMetalSales
Reviewed 11 November 2017

We enjoyed travelling this route. The scenery is magnificent. Go prepared though, there are few services along the road.

Thank Shimmerlinglife
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

We usually take this drive starting from Palm Desert to I-10 on the other side. This time we reversed it and this will be my favorite way! As you come down the mountain all the scenic views are on the right which makes it easier...More

1  Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Can't even begin to describe what this drive was like...for us, it was one of those experiences that we are so incredibly glad that we did. Once in a lifetime! Was in San Diego for vacation and planned to make our way out to Palm...More

1  Thank mary a
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

For over thirty years when I visit the desert I say I want to make the drive to San Diego from Palm Desert.... and last week I did! Although way too windy for my taste during those first 19 miles, I survived and enjoyed the...More

Thank lkchome
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Give your self time for this drive-it could easily take 3-4 hours of your day. Did the drive for the first time-lots of twists and turns, but good spots to pull over to let the fast traffic go past. It's neat to see how the...More

Thank ArtisticWonderer
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Spent the day driving the scenic byway. We stopped at a craft fair which was quite well attended. We had taken along a lunch that we enjoyed as we sat by a lake not far off of the road.

Thank Lyn B
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Exactly 2.5 .hrs door to door from San Diego to Palm Desert, this is one of the best drives in the Southwest. Great views and vistas. Something for everyone to enjoy. Never stopped but there are a few cafes and lookouts along the way. No...More

Thank NY-Traveler24
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

I absolutely love to drive this road. A lot of people love to be passengers so they can enjoy the experience. We than stop for lunch in Idylewilde . There is several different restaurants and you can choose one to suit your own favorite restaurants.

Thank 894waynew
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This highway has some amazing scenery and it can also be quite dangerous. Twice we've been stopped when a car went over the side of the road. It's a very twisty road that deserves your caution and attentiveness. Idlywild (spelling?) can be reached via this...More

Thank bissehk
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11 November 2016|
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Response from SueVirginiaBeach_Va | Reviewed this property |
Agreed driving down the cutoffs are on the right. Can be harrowing crossing over the road
11 February 2016|
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Response from Loves_Muskoka | Reviewed this property |
We were in our rental vehicle. The roads are in good shape, just narrow at points so take it easy. There are places to pull off if you have people tailing you. If you are just going up to the top for the view, it is about... More
Donald L
19 January 2016|
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Response from virginiaqm | Reviewed this property |
I don't like the drive over the mountain. I would take Hwy 10 to Hwy 79 in Banning and drive to Temecula to Hwy 15. Lovely road and not much freeway. Your GPS will get you to Escondido from there. You will like this trip... More