Magazine article Sunset

Southern California's Mountains & Deserts. (Special Advertising Feature)

Magazine article Sunset

Southern California's Mountains & Deserts. (Special Advertising Feature)

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This leisurely loop up to Idyllwild, down to Palm Springs, and through Anza-Borrego Desert SP offers visitors Southern California's most spectacular scenery.

* Driving distance: 515mi/839km

* Suggested time: 2 days

LOS ANGELES. Visit the California Welcome Center at the Beverly Center. Then take 1-10 east to the Pomona Fwy./Hwy. 60 east to...

RIVERSIDE (56mi/90km) Don't miss the Mission Inn, a National Historic Landmark. Other points of interest include Mt. Rubidoux, Heritage House, and California Citrus SHP. Then take Hwy. 60 to the San Jacinto turnoff (Gilman Springs Rd.), which joins Hwy. 79, and drive south to...

HEMET (34mi/54km). California's official outdoor play, Ramona, is performed every spring. In Hemet turn left on Hwy. 74, which is the...

PALMS-TO-PINES SCENIC BYWAY (22mi/36km). The road climbs the Santa Rosa Mountains to nearly 5,000 feet. To reach rustic Idyllwild, turn north on Hwy. 243. Return to Hwy. 74 and continue around the 10,804-foot-high Mt. San Jacinto, then zigzag down the mountain into the...

COACHELLA VALLEY (42mi/66km). The date palms at Palm Desert descend from the Sahara. The climate here is also ideal for grapefruit, which grow below the date palms in what is called two-story agriculture. Drive north on Hwy. 111 to...

PALM SPRINGS AND THE DESERT RESORTS AREA (16mi/26km). For a spectacular view of the valley, take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up 5,873 feet to Mt. San Jacinto. Return to the valley to hike through palm-lined Indian Canyons, then cool off at Knott's Soak City U. …

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