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Trip Over The Mountains

Without knowing, our GPS took us to Oceanside, CA, from Palm Desert via Hwy 74. We later found out... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hamilton, Canada
Form the desert to the mountains

This is a fantastic car ride from Desert Palms up into the mountains. Starting in Desert Palms the... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
Jackson, Michigan
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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
79880 Avenue 42, Highway 74, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203-1453
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Without knowing, our GPS took us to Oceanside, CA, from Palm Desert via Hwy 74. We later found out that a lot of people bi-pass the mountains by taking Hwys 10 & 79. We SO happy that we drove the 74 Route! The mountains are...More

Thank Bakerfortress
Reviewed 14 May 2018

This is a fantastic car ride from Desert Palms up into the mountains. Starting in Desert Palms the drive takes about three hours one way including stops. You will get to see pine forests with pines not seen in the Eastern US. Also very long...More

1  Thank evlJackson
Reviewed 23 April 2018

We've driven on some pretty cool twisty roads during our travels and the first several miles headed west out of Palm Desert rank among the neatest. For some reason, the speed limit is 55 MPH but you'll rarely want to hit that if you're interested...More

3  Thank SalfromIL
Reviewed 22 April 2018

Take this drive if you have a car and a 1/2 day (or more) to spend on this fun road. There is much to see and it's amazing to go from the desert floor below up to the majestic pine trees and snow (March). Stop...More

2  Thank Laclu007
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We started on 243 (in Banning) and ended in Palm Desert. The beginning was the beautiful pine area with many beautiful vistas! The road has many turnouts to let other cars pass. We did a little over the speed limit and some cars flew by,...More

1  Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 13 January 2018

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

2  Thank ProMetalSales
Reviewed 12 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

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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
12 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