There is no need to describe the magic of California state of Unites States. It is well known for its fame as the Golden State, long beaches, Hollywood, amazing culture, famous celebrities, great weather, beautiful women, great taste of wineries and beers, DisneyLand and amusing cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Adelanto, South Lake Tahoe, Visalia, Alhambra and more. Lets dig into the city of Alhambra, located in the western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County in California. Everyone knows that California was very famous for its findings of gold during 19th century and many people were drawn here, lured by gold. In 1784, lots of land grants were made by Spanish government including 300,000 acres granted to Manuel Nieto where Alhambra was built later. The city was named Alhambra after Washington Irving’s book ‘Tales of the Alhambra’ and it was just an unincorporated area during 19th century. At the starting of 20th century, Alhambra was incorporated as a city and after that this city did not look back. Colleges, Universities, museums, hospitals and many other architectures were built in the city and economic growth took a bounce during 1950s. Today, the city has some of the best educational institutions in the country like California Institute of Technology, California State University and Pasadena City College nearby. A lot of festivals are held throughout the year like the Annual San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, celebrating the Chinese New Year.
Alhambra has a warm climate with hot summers. The temperature varies from 42 degrees to 89 degrees throughout the year and there are no dry seasons. July is the hottest month and coldest month is January. The city does not experience any snowfall but gets 17 inches of rain per year. The humidity goes very high during summer season. The best time to visit Alhambra is during spring season.
How to get here?
Alhambra does not have its own international airport but there are five airports nearby and you can arrive at any airport as per your comfort. The nearest airport is Bob Hope Airport, located just 23 miles from the city center and then there is Long Beach Airport located just 25 miles from Alhambra. Other airports are Los Angeles International Airport with 30 miles, LA/Ontario International Airport with 33 miles and John Wayne Airport with 41 miles. Los Angeles International Airport is preferred mostly by visitors because of it receives flights from all major airlines and is one of the busiest airport of the country. You can easily get a cab, taxi, rental car or airport shuttle from any of these airports to reach Alhambra downtown easily.
Accommodation and Food
When you are in Alhambra, you simply don’t need to worry about lodging options as there are more than 100 accommodation options around the city. From Hotels to B&B and Inns to Apartments, you will find everything in affordable range. One of the best options is Ramada Hotel, located at E. Colorado Boulevard featuring great rooms with amazing architecture, pool, tennis court, free internet and private spa. Other good options include Days Inn Alhambra, The Raymond Hotel, Starlight Inn Valley boulevard, Titta Inn, Langham Huntington, Super 8 Los Angeles, Lincoln Plaza Hotel, The Bissell House, Comfort Inn Monetery Park, Hilton Los Angeles San Gabriel, Rodeway Inn & Suites, Floral Inn, Garden Inn San Gabriel, Garden Inn San Gabriel and Holiday Express Inn.
Whether you like American, Arabian, Belgian, British, Catalan, Caribbean, Chinese, Colombian or French, German, Mexican, Hawaiian, Himalayan, Dominican, this city has almost every cuisine to offer in every price range. The best rated restaurant is In-N-Out featuring great American food and Hamburgers. Other good choice include Lunasia with amazing Chinese food, Fosselman’s with classical desserts, The Hat with nice delicatessen, Dog Hous with Hawaiian food, King Hua Restaurant with exotic Dim Sum, Wahib’s Middle East Restaurant & Bakery with nice middle Eastern food, The Boiling Crab with delicious crabs, Twohey’s Restaurant with great American food and Green Papaya Thai Restaurant with amazing Thai food. If you like to eat late night then Noodle World Alhambra and U2 Cafe are really good options.
Alamitos Bay Beach
The Alamitos Bay Beach is located in Los Angeles County and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The beach is famous for outdoor activities like boating, swimming, golfing, fishing and picnicking. There is no chance that you are going to be bored here because of some entertaining activities, good food and nearby attractions like Bixby Village Golf Course, Pio Pico State Park, Heartwell Golf Course and Huntington Beach State Park. There is also the Alamitos Park nearby which covers an area of 23 acres featuring some park benches, picnic tables and play equipment. The park was built in 1981 and since then it has been a great place to hangout for tourists.
Autry National Center
The Autry National Center is a museum located just 20 miles from the city downtown. The museum exhibits western arts, stories of western Frontiers, some great pieces of Pueblo Pottery and Native North American Beadwork. Some special events include Pan for Gold, The Long Riders, Mother’s Day Brunch at the Autry, Changes & Continuity, Museums of the Arroyo Day. Some musical events are also held here like Native Voices Festival and Western Music Association Monthly Jam. The Center remains open everyday and admission is free for public.