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We drove the entire Palms to Pines Scenic Byway from Palm Springs, CA and back a few years ago. We had driven portions of this on other trips to Palm Springs but never the entire length at once. This was a fun trip with a lunch stop in Idyllwild. Idyllwild is a city in Riverside County in Southern California. It is situated at mile high elevation in the San Jacinto mountains. The views from town are beautiful. Tahquitz peak and rock are probably the most photographed. Marion mountain is also visible from town. Panoramas of Hemet and the greater Los Angeles area are visible from many lookouts near town. You can even see the Pacific Ocean on a clear day.
View of Palms to Pines Scenic Byway Route74 from a viewing point. This area of California desert boasts 350 sunny days every year and almost no humidity. The scenery is unforgettable, from snow-capped mountains in the distance to brilliant blue skies and a periodic lush oasis to break up the desert browns with a splash of color. You start from almost sea level and climb to an elevation of 6,165 feet at Banning.
Lunch was at the Good Times Pub in Idyllwild and the burger was incredible but huge!