Magnificent weather, an abundance of historic architecture (from Art Deco to Beaux Arts and Spanish Colonial Revival), cultural landmarks and great shopping and dining are just a few of the draws that make Pasadena such an alluring destination. (No wonder it became a haven for families looking to escape East Coast winters.) Pasadena’s proximity to downtown L.A. means that the city has served as a movie location for countless filmmakers looking for an All-American Everytown. A day of fun in the sun is always within reach.

 

The Huntingon Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Explore the gorgeous grounds, exquisite blooms and centuries of manuscripts and rare volumes at this vibrant cultural gem. Wander through 18 distinctive gardens (each with their own theme or ecosystem). Behold moon bridges, koi ponds and pavilions — and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses (there are more than 1,200 varieties)!

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The Norton Simon Museum

Immerse yourself in an impressive collection that spans centuries of art and culture: early Renaissance European painting and sculpture, classical Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture, and postwar American painting, sculpture and photography.

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The Pasadena Playhouse

Founded in 1917, California’s official state theater was once known as a “Star Factory” for launching the careers of Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman. Catch a show, then walk a block to Vroman’s Bookstore, the oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California.

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Eaton Canyon

Pasadena’s location at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains makes a spectacular backdrop for hikers and equestrians. Explore nearly 200 acres of wildlife preserve once called “El Precipicio” by Spanish settlers for its steep gorges. Hike to Eaton Canyon to see a waterfall or head up the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain past the ruins of a resort and railway for stellar views.

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Old Pasadena

Pasadena’s original downtown business district is both eclectic and historic. Discover hundreds of one-of-a-kind cafés, specialty stores, restaurants and coffee shops along its 22 blocks, just steps from our hotel. 

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