Pasadena is a city with something for everyone. The crown city sits northeast of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley and is awash in historical landmarks, national treasures and a booming culinary scene.
Old Town Pasadena – often shortened to just “Old Pasadena” by locals — is the heart of the city, with quaint shops and restaurants tucked between turn-of-the-century mansions. This charming neighborhood is also home to the Rose Bowl Stadium, host of the Tournament of Roses football game and UCLA Bruin Football, plus concerts and other events.
The Norton Simon Museum, a strikingly modern art gallery featuring notable European and Asian works of art, is another must-see attraction. It’s a great place for art lovers to explore and learn, and the sculpture garden is not to be missed!
During your trip, you’ll also want to explore the lush botanical gardens, including the Camellia Forest and Rose Garden. This beautiful three-acre garden is a tranquil space that’s perfect for a leisurely walk, and it even offers a mini railroad ride and a variety of unique exhibits.
Kids will love the interactive Kidspace Children’s Museum, a hands-on museum that features multiple play areas, touch & smell exhibits and toys and trikes. This is a fun activity that will keep the little ones entertained when you need a break from all the other adult-oriented things to do in Pasadena!
Wine lovers will enjoy popping into Pasadena’s numerous wine stalwarts, such as Everson Royce, Monopole and the literary wine bar 1894, which is tucked inside historic Vroman’s Bookstore. You can also find a number of breweries, such as the Pasadena Ale House and Los Angeles Tap Room.