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Pasadena is a 20-minute drive (or more depending on traffic) north of the bustle of Los Angeles but it feels a world away. Visit its museums, find great dining options and see its crowning glory, one of the country’s most famous college football stadiums and long-running athletic competitions.
For over 125 years Pasadena has hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade, with music, a Rose Queen and beautiful floats decorated with millions of flowers and other natural materials. Find a spot along the 5.5-mile (8.8-kilometer) route to view marching bands, equestrian units and creative floats. The 2-hour parade precedes the annual January football game, the nation’s oldest bowl game, at Rose Bowl Stadium. The first Tournament of Roses bowl game was held in 1902. Get a ticket to see this year’s leaders of the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences compete for the coveted title of Rose Bowl champion.
Throughout the city find varied cultural attractions. The collections at Norton Simon Museum span 2,000 years. View the architecture and period furnishings of the Gamble House, built in 1908. Bring young family members to Kidspace Children’s Museum in Brookside Park for informal education that is fun for all.
Visit the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, a renowned research facility. Attend a speaker’s event or performance or stroll around the pretty campus. Join a tour at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Lab, which created some of the world’s first interplanetary spacecraft.
Pasadena’s City Hall is a domed structure in Italian Renaissance style with a quiet courtyard. Slightly west, Old Pasadena has over 100 restaurants and cafés. Follow Colorado Boulevard, also known as Paseo Colorado, for great shopping at dozens of boutiques and retail outlets.
Outside the city, hike in the gorges of Eaton Canyon Park and Nature Center and climb into the cooler air of the San Gabriel Mountains. If you run out of things to do in Pasadena, nearby Los Angeles is filled with exciting attractions from theme parks to nightclubs.
Just 6 blocks from historic Old Pasadena and a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, this 4-star Westin hotel borders Plaza Las Fuentes, with its fountains, shops, and cafés. More shops and restaurants are 2 blocks away at Paseo Colorado.
Located in Old Pasadena, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pasadena Convention Center and Norton Simon Museum. Rose Bowl is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.
Located in Pasadena, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from California Institute of Technology and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Norton Simon Museum. Pasadena Playhouse and Pasadena Museum of California Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).
An oasis just north of downtown Los Angeles, The Langham Huntington is surrounded by luxurious shopping and fine dining options, The Rose Bowl and the world-famous Huntington Library and Gardens.
Located in Pasadena, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pasadena Playhouse and Pasadena Museum of California Art. Norton Simon Museum and Huntington Library are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Pasadena, this motel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Huntington Library and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Norton Simon Museum. California Institute of Technology and Pasadena Playhouse are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Pasadena, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from A Noise Within and within 3 mi (5 km) of Huntington Library and California Institute of Technology. Pasadena Playhouse and Pasadena Museum of California Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).
A mile from Norton Simon Museum, this smoke-free motel is 3 miles from the Rose Bowl and 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles.