Pasadena, CA

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Pasadena
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

Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
3 out of 5
180 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103
The price is $152 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 24
$152
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Pasadena. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,006 reviews)
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Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
Pasadena Hotel & Pool
Pasadena Hotel & Pool
4 out of 5
928 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA, 91106
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $152 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$152
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 4-star historic hotel in Pasadena. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"The room was clean, quite comfortable. The hotel staff were friendly and courteous. Additionally, the location of this hotel is safe and convenient, it is close to Caltech, I even took a morning walk in the Caltech campus. I would like to recommend this hotel for anyone visiting Pasadena."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Pasadena Hotel & Pool
Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles
Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles
5 out of 5
1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91106
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $288 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$288
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Pasadena. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"We loved the Langham, but they need to provide each room with at least two sets of the shampoo and body wash. We only got one small bottle of each, and that was not sufficient for two adults."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Charming Bungalow in Pasadena 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom with full kitchen
Charming Bungalow in Pasadena 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom with full kitchen
Pasadena, CA
Stay at this vacation home in Pasadena. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Pasadena City Hall and Pasadena Playhouse are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Great Home in quiet neighborhood
"Daisy in a fantastic host, very prompt communication. This place is comfortable and roomy, we recommend it highly and will be back. Only thing missing in the description, or we overlooked it, is there is an upstairs flat; this was not a problem in our day to day stay."

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

Charming Bungalow in Pasadena 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom with full kitchen
Ins-Style New Guest house HRC/Caltech/Huntington Library/Rosebowl/Oldtown
Ins-Style New Guest house HRC/Caltech/Huntington Library/Rosebowl/Oldtown
Pasadena, CA
Stay at this vacation home in Pasadena. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden, and fenced yards. Popular attractions Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and Westfield ...
Ins-Style New Guest house HRC/Caltech/Huntington Library/Rosebowl/Oldtown
Steps to Shops and Cls Old Town - Pasadena Condo!
Steps to Shops and Cls Old Town - Pasadena Condo!
Pasadena, CA
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Pasadena. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Pasadena Playhouse and Pasadena City Hall are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Convenient and roomy
"I was going to a conference in Pasadena and needed a place close by. This exceeded my expectations! The location is close enough to walk to downtown Pasadena but also a block away from the Metro. The restaurants around it are delicious(Guisados tacos are 🔥). The first Trader Joe's is right around ..."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Steps to Shops and Cls Old Town - Pasadena Condo!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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