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Pasadena, then and now

Renowned in the early 20th century as a haven for wealthy East Coast urbanites wanting to escape the harsh northeastern winters for the gentle sunshine of southern California, Pasadena is a laid-back city in Los Angeles County, and a Pasadena vacation rental will put you just a 20-minute drive from LA itself. The city has gone through several incarnations since its grand hotels echoed with the chatter of New York socialites, but Old Pasadena, the historic district at the heart of Downtown, has recently redefined itself as a hip destination that’s perfect for shopping, dining, and strolling.

Coming up roses in Pasadena

You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate Pasadena’s central role in NCAA football; it’s the home of the Rose Bowl, which is not only America’s 11th-largest stadium, but also one of the world’s most iconic sporting venues. It’s hosted Superbowls and soccer finals, but is best known for the Rose Bowl game, a New Year’s Day tradition in which college football teams duke it out in the playoffs. If football isn’t your thing, the Rose Bowl Parade following the game makes for a great family day out, and you can enjoy the adjacent golf course all year round.

Living history in Pasadena

Set off early from your Pasadena vacation rental, because whether you’ve come to shop and dine or take in the city’s thriving arts scene, your day will be crammed with activities. Why not start with the Norton Simon museum, whose collection of European art is one of America’s finest? Or, to find out more about Pasadena itself, head to the Pasadena Museum of History; don’t worry about missing out on the sunshine, as the gardens are a great place for a picnic. End the day with a jaunt to Old Pasadena, where historic buildings rub shoulders with innovative restaurants and sleek malls.

Pasadena’s endless summer

Pasadena is inland from Los Angeles, so it enjoys slightly warmer days and cooler nights than the City of Angels. Summers are long and hot, with highs in the low 90s, while winters are short and mild. You’re unlikely to see snow from the stoop of your Pasadena vacation rental, but Pasadena’s proximity to the San Gabriel Mountains means that you might enjoy a quick rain shower. Hot days aren’t unheard of even in January and February, but to enjoy low rainfall and temps in the mid-70s, visit in April or May.

Valley living in sunny Pasadena

Pasadena’s name means ‘Crown of the Valley’ in Chippewa, referring to the city’s location in the San Gabriel Valley, in the foothills of the breathtaking San Gabriel Mountains. Los Angeles is just 12 miles away, and the 2 cities have always felt close, due originally to the Sante Fe railroad that connected them, and, later, to the extensive network of freeways that makes traveling between them a breeze to this day. The Arroyo Seco seasonal river runs through Pasadena, passing the iconic Rose Bowl stadium and Brookside Park.