Day Trips: Try a Breath of Mountain Air
A drive to the idyllic mountain town of Idyllwild in the scenic San Jacinto Mountains is a refreshing way to spend the day,
with breathtaking scenery on the way up, brisk mountain air and a charming, rustic community at the end of the trail.
Idyllwild has dozens of small crafts shops, restaurants and a performing arts institute.
Highway 74 out of Palm Desert calls for a stop at the Santa Rosa Mountains National Scenic Area Visitors Center.
An alternate route, Highway 243 from Banning. Either route is approximately a one-hour drive.
The nearby San Bernardino Mountain Range is home to Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead,
two of Southern California's classic mountain lakes. Ice skate with Olympic hopefuls or try skiing.
Once the snow leaves, hiking, boating, swimming and water-skiing compete with the old-world Alpine village for
the visitors time.
The drive is approximately one and one-half hours.
Hiking and around in Palm Springs