A place offering some exotic locations, pleasant environment, delicious food, comfortable accommodation, supportive people, good transportation, healthy nightlife, these are the characteristics that a tourist desires from his destination. Pasadena, the dynamic city of California, surely has all these qualities and may be that is the reason it is called the City of Discovery. An interesting blend of charm, culture, fun and history makes this city one of the most favorite destinations for the visitors from around the globe. Pasadena is county seat of Los Angeles County and located just ten miles northeast of Los Angeles. It is 180th largest city of US and bordered by 11 communities named Eagle Rock, San Marino, Temple City, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Altadena, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena and Highland Park. Pasadena was just a habitat of the Hahamogna Tribe of Native Americans in 1700s and the establishment of San Gabriel Mission in 1771 changed the entire scenario of this place. The city of Pasadena was founded in 1875 and incorporated in 1886 making it a part of Southern California at the same time. Pasadena is a city of great art collections, literature and entertainment featuring a lot of festivals and events. You will be blown away by the iconic festivals of the city like Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game, Post Parade Float Viewing, Annual Camellia Show, Black History Parade & Festival, Pasadena Art Night, Spring Home Tour, Bungalow Heaven Home Tour, Pasadena Showcase House of Design, Doo Dah Parade and more.
Pasadena has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and no dry season. July and August are the warmest months with maximum temperature of 90 degrees and December is the coldest with minimum temperature of 19 degrees. The winters go quite mild here and you will not experience any bone chilling cold moments. Humidity varies from 13% to 82% around the year and you can expect more than 250 days of sunshine per year. The best time to visit Pasadena is between February and April when the weather remains pleasant.
How to get here?
Although Pasadena does not have its own international airport but there are three nearby airports where you can land and come easily to Pasadena downtown. These airports are Bob Hope Airport, located just 18 miles away, Los Angeles International Airport with 28 miles and Ontario International Airport with only 36 miles. You can also arrive at Pasadena by trains like Metropolitan Transit Authority of Los Angeles County, Gold Line Railway and Amtrak Train Service which connects Pasadena to almost every nearby city. You can get around the city by cabs, taxis, shuttles and rental cars.
Accommodation and Food
You can easily find a suitable accommodation in downtown of Pasadena which has easy access to nearby landmark locations and eateries. You can choose from luxury hotels with scenic views of the surrounding mountains or budget motels with good architectures. One of the favorite hotels of visitors is Hilton Hotel located at Los Robles Avenue featuring 296 guestrooms and free internet throughout the hotel. Then there is The Langham Huntington located at Oak Knoll Avenue featurin 380 guest rooms with private cottages, Old Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott located at Fair Oaks Avenue with 314 guest rooms, fitness center and complimentary Wi-Fi. Other good options include Sheraton Pasadena, The Westin Pasadena, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Le Reve Pasadena, Howard Johnsan, Pasadena Inn, Ramada Inn, Rodeway Inn & Suites and more.
There are more than 500 restaurants, bars, cafes and other eating spots in Pasadena covering all the international cuisines. American, Chinese, Continental, Deli, French, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Seafood, Mexican, Korean, Steak or Thai, you just have to name it and you will find all these tastes right next to one another. Some famous restaurants of Pasadena include Barney’s Ltd, Beany’s Cafe, DogHous, Coco’s Restaurant, Conrad’s, CREPstudio, The Counter, Robin’s Woodfire BBQ & Grill, Rounds Burgers, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion and The Royce at the Langham Huntington Hotel.
Nortan Simon Museum
The Nortan Simon Museum is an art museum located at W Colorado Boulevard featuring art collections from 14th to 20th century, exhibition, events and seminars. It was formerly known as the Pasadena Art Institute. You will be amazed to know that this museum houses more than 1000 works of art from the permanent collection of 12000 objects. You can take a private guided tour at anytime and explore the amusing history and attractive exhibitions of the museum. The main attraction of the museum are the events like introductory films, lectures, performances, talks & tours, family & youth programs and summer concert series.
Rose Bowl is a famous athletic stadium located at Rose Bowl Dr in Pasadena and it is also home of the football team from UCLA. It was built in 1922 and since then it has been a National Historic Landmark of Pasadena city. It holds the Rose Bowl Game every year which is the oldest bowl game in the country. It was originally built for only football but also used for the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. It has the seating capacity of more than 100,000 fans and you can take guided tour of the stadium at anytime during the day.
The Gamble House is a historic landmark, located at Westmoreland PI in Pasadena and a great example of American Arts and stylish architecture. It was designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 and today it is operated by the University of Southern California. You can easily take a 30 minute public tour of the house which costs $13.75 for adults and $11 for children.