Destination guide

A taste of Americana on the outskirts of L.A.

Situated on the outskirts of Los Angeles and at the edge of the Angeles National Forest, the scenic drive into Pasadena feels like you're traveling deep into the countryside—or possibly another time entirely. With a historic Old Town, a booming art scene, and lush scenery, this city is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby L.A. The charm of the area is its smalltown appeal, so don't be surprised if just a few nights in your Pasadena vacation rental make you feel like you're truly a part of the community.

Things to do

A splash of history and a dash of culture

While in Pasadena, a stroll around the Old Town is a must, it's full of shops, restaurants, and historical brick buildings that date back to the 1800s. Be sure to also visit the Norton Simon Museum, which holds a renowned collection of works from Degas, Rembrandt, Goya, and Picasso. Architecture fans adore The Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark and museum that exemplifies American architecture. A visit to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens can take up most of the day, with plenty to occupy even the most diverse array of interests.


Get back in touch with your collegiate side

Pasadena is synonymous with the annual Rose Bowl, held every New Year's Day. If your trip doesn't line up with this festival, never fear, there's still plenty to see and do. Take in a show at the Pasadena Playhouse, go shopping in the Old Town, or catch a lecture at the famed California Institute of Technology. Pasadena's spot at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains also makes for plenty of outdoor activities, so plan a picnic or a hike, and then head back to your Pasadena vacation rental for a dip in the pool.


Pretty, pretty Pasadena, practically all year round

The weather in Pasadena is most pleasant from March through June, making for prime sightseeing weather. July through September is hot and humid, but it also lines up with peak season. Though Pasadena isn't known for rain, it's worth packing an umbrella for your Pasadena vacation rental if you're visiting in October. November through February is cool and crisp, while the biggest perk of visiting in January is a trip to the Rose Bowl. Just keep in mind that this festival may also line up with higher prices.

Natural features

From the big, big city to the big, big forest

Situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is also bordered by the Raymond Fault line and the San Rafael Hills. The Arroyo Seco, a seasonal river and canyon, is one of the city's most well-known natural attractions, thanks to its positioning around the Rose Bowl stadium. Just north of Pasadena is the Angeles National Forest, perfect for stargazing, birdwatching, and hiking. For travelers who head deep into the forest, keep your eyes open for the local bobcats, mountain lions, bears, and bighorn sheep that are known to inhabit the area.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Pasadena

The nearest airport is in Burbank, CA (BUR-Bob Hope), located 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Hawthorne, CA (HHR-Hawthorne Municipal), which is 18.7 mi (30.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Pasadena?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,740 vacation rentals near Pasadena. From 613 Houses to 859 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pasadena for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Pasadena?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pasadena:

  • North Arroyo: 33 vacation rentals
  • North Central: 43 vacation rentals
  • Bungalow Heaven: 15 vacation rentals
  • Lamanda Park: 19 vacation rentals
  • Mid Central: 24 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Pasadena?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Pasadena. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rose Bowl Stadium: 3,111 vacation rentals
  • California Institute of Technology: 3,757 vacation rentals
  • Pasadena Robinson Memorial: 3,906 vacation rentals
  • Pasadena Convention Center: 3,917 vacation rentals
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory: 3,829 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pasadena listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Pasadena?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 613 Houses in Pasadena. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pasadena include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 859 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 51 rentals available
  • Cottages: 51 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Pasadena?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 422 vacation rentals with pool available in Pasadena. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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