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Pasadena

Travel Guide
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

Hilton Pasadena
Hilton Pasadena
4 out of 5
168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £134 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in the heart of Pasadena, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Norton Simon Museum and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Rose Bowl Stadium. Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles ...
4.2/5Excellent! (954 reviews)
"Great location near Old Town Pasadena. Very clean hotel. Would recommend this place and plan on staying here again."

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021

Hilton Pasadena
Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
3 out of 5
180 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA
The price is £142 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in Old Pasadena, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pasadena City Hall, Pasadena Convention Center and Norton Simon Museum. Rose Bowl Stadium and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (937 reviews)
"Overall, the property was nice. The rooms were well laid out and clean. I would have preferred to have a table in front of the couch rather than a foot stool. It made eating in the room difficult. Front desk didn't have a chip reader on the machine, so they couldn't take my card. Front desk staff ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena
The Westin Pasadena
The Westin Pasadena
4 out of 5
191 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA
The price is £149 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (994 reviews)
"Great location conveniently located near downtown Pasadena. Check-in was simple and easy. My only qualm was parking--I missed the entrance of the hotel twice, and I just checked my car in with the valet because I didn't want to deal with the self-parking. Valet was fairly easy, but it was $22."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

The Westin Pasadena
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.
2 Br/2.5bth - Walk to Old Town - Pasadena Condo!
2 Br/2.5bth - Walk to Old Town - Pasadena Condo!
691 South Marengo Avenue, #8, Pasadena, CA
This family-friendly condo is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Paseo Colorado and Pasadena Convention Center. California Institute of Technology ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Location & “Homey”
"A great location to everything including The Metro, or stay local-Pasadena is a great town. The accommodations were comfortable with all the right amenities: towels, sheets, washer, dryer, laundry soap, dish soap, coffee, and more. We would stay there again."

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

2 Br/2.5bth - Walk to Old Town - Pasadena Condo!
Work, Play, Stay At Home. Family Pool Home to Self Isolate
Work, Play, Stay At Home. Family Pool Home to Self Isolate
1770 Newport Ave, Pasadena, CA
This family-friendly Pasadena holiday home is located in North Central, within 3 mi (5 km) of Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena Convention Center and Norton Simon ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Girls Getaway
"Exactly what we expected! Great indoor and outdoor spaces to relax, well decorated, and the pool is wonderful."

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021

Work, Play, Stay At Home. Family Pool Home to Self Isolate
Posh 1- Artist's Retreat in Secluded Pasadena Guesthouse
Posh 1- Artist's Retreat in Secluded Pasadena Guesthouse
193 S Parkwood Ave, Pasadena, CA
Located in Lamanda Park, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Huntington Library, Pasadena Convention Center and California Institute of Technology. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Rose Parade visit
"Unusual and comfortable space. Cozy access and parking. Welcoming feel from Barry."

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

Posh 1- Artist's Retreat in Secluded Pasadena Guesthouse
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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