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PasadenaUnited States of America

With remarkable museums and art galleries, this Californian city is known as one of the cultural centers of the San Gabriel Valley.

Pasadena has many cultural and scientific institutions, including the renowned California Institute of Technology. This city is an important hub of creative and historic life in California. Visit well-known museums, art galleries and city landmarks.

Stop at the Norton Simon Museum, a famous art center featuring European paintings, Asian artworks and sculpture gardens. Explore Old Pasadena, with one of the first modern art museums in the United States. Take an architectural walking tour and admire some of Old Town’s historic buildings.

Old Pasadena, the significant center of Pasadena, has some of the best shopping and entertainment in Southern California, with over 200 one-of-a-kind shops. Dine in award-winning restaurants and charming sidewalk cafés. Shop for antiques, boutique fashions, vintage items and fresh produce.

Admire masterpieces of modern art in the Pasadena Museum of California Art. See ongoing exhibits of expressionist and contemporary art. This museum preserves the artistic and cultural history of California through painting, graphic design, photography and architecture.

In San Marino, the affluent community about 10 minutes’ drive to the southeast from Pasadena, tour the Huntington Library and Gardens, an educational and research institution that features 12 gardens with over 15,000 plant species. Admire European art from the 15th to the 20th century and American art from the 17th to the 20th century. The Huntington Library is one of the largest research libraries in the world, with over 9 million items, including rare books, manuscripts and photographs.

Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium is an outdoor athletic arena built in the 1920s. This site is regarded as one of the most famous arenas in sporting history and has hosted five Super Bowl games. Watch a sporting event or attend one of the Rose Bowl Flea Markets on the second Sunday of each month.

Pasadena is located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Los Angeles International Airport. Alternatively, fly into Bob Hope Airport about 16 miles (26 kilometers) from Pasadena.

Pasadena is the perfect city to appreciate California’s cultural and artistic history.

Where to stay in Pasadena

Old Pasadena

Old Pasadena

4.5/5Wonderful!(138 area reviews)

Visitors to Old Pasadena love its abundant dining options, and if you want to see more of the area, jump on the metro at Del Mar Station.

Old Pasadena
A #burger lover can’t miss one of the most famous drive ins! #red

Lamanda Park

4/5Very Good!(206 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Lamanda Park and surrounding area, you can visit Huntington Library and Rose Bowl Stadium.

Lamanda Park
Rose Bowl #weare

North Central

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

When in North Central, you can plan a visit to Rose Bowl Stadium and Norton Simon Museum, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

North Central
Norton Simon Museum which includes a statue or sculpture

North Arroyo

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in North Arroyo, Rose Bowl Stadium and Jet Propulsion Laboratory are top sights worth seeing.

North Arroyo
Pasadena

South Arroyo

If you're spending some time in South Arroyo, Norton Simon Museum and Colorado Street Bridge are top sights worth seeing.

South Arroyo
California poppies after the rain in Bungalow Heaven. #Green

Bungalow Heaven

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

While there might not be top attractions in Bungalow Heaven, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Pasadena City Hall and Rose Bowl Stadium.

Bungalow Heaven

Top Hotels in Pasadena

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Westin Pasadena
The Westin Pasadena
4 out of 5
191 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA
The price is $149 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pasadena Museum of California Art and Pasadena Convention Center. Norton Simon ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,033 reviews)

"Rooms were clean. Within walking distance to restaurants, shopping center and old town Pasadena."…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

The Westin Pasadena
Hilton Pasadena
Hilton Pasadena
4 out of 5
168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA
The price is $139 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 23

Located in the heart of Pasadena, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Norton Simon Museum and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Rose Bowl Stadium. Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (851 reviews)

"It’s was a great hotel but one staff that cleans rooms was on our floor after calling for tissue 30kins"…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Hilton Pasadena
Hyatt Place Pasadena
Hyatt Place Pasadena
3 out of 5
399 E Green St, Pasadena, CA
The price is $127 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 23

Located in the heart of Pasadena, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo Colorado and Pasadena Convention Center. Norton Simon Museum and California Institute ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (468 reviews)

"In a time of COVID, this hotel is ideal. You drive up to the front, check in, and then park in the garage. An elevator takes you right to your room, so you don't have to encounter another soul---except, perhaps in the elevator. The accomodations were clean. Would very much recommend."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Hyatt Place Pasadena

Popular places to visit in Pasadena

Huntington Library
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Huntington Library

5/5(33 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Huntington Library, a favorite museum in San Marino. Experience the area's entertainment choices or attend a sporting event.

Norton Simon Museum
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Norton Simon Museum

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Marvel at this museum’s exquisite collection of art, including ancient Southeast Asian artworks, sculpture gardens and exhibits of Europe’s greatest painters.

Pasadena City Hall
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Pasadena City Hall

1/5(1 review)

Pasadena City Hall is just one of the places to see in Pasadena, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Wander around the area's picturesque gardens or experience its great live music.

Gamble House
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Gamble House

2/5(2 reviews)

The beautiful wooden interiors and striking design features of this house in Pasadena make it easy to see why this house is a national historic landmark.

Colorado Street Bridge
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Colorado Street Bridge

You can find out about the history of Pasadena with a visit to Colorado Street Bridge. Experience the area's acclaimed theater scene and great live music.

Universal Studios Hollywood
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Universal Studios Hollywood

4.5/5(3,923 reviews)

Part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park with full-throttle fun at every turn.

Top things to do in Pasadena

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California

$20
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Pasadena
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Vacation Photographer in Pasadena

$250
Per adult
Old Pasadena Food Tasting
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Old Pasadena Food Tasting

$79
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of California
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of California

$10
Per adult
Tour Pasadena’s Museums & Gardens
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Tour Pasadena’s Museums & Gardens

$150
Per adult

Reviews of Pasadena

4.4

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.7611940298507465%
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2 - Disappointing 1.2686567164179106%
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1 - Terrible 1.044776119402985%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

It's very nice lot's to loom around

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

As Angelenos, we've been to Pasadena often. It's a lovely town and we also drove around San Marino. Great stay!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 20, 2020

I love Pasadena very much !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 15, 2020

Such a beautiful place. Super safe. Super warm atmosphere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

Old town Pasadena was nice, not much activity as everyone is staying home

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

It was Beautiful and every one is so nice and friendly . Made us feel very welcome .

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