Pasadena, CA, USA

Pasadena, CA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.