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Pasadena

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City of Roses
Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game. The city's popularity grew quickly after the annexation of California in 1848, making it a resort town by the 1850s. The remnants of this era can still be seen up and down the city streets. Today the city serves as a cultural hub in the San Gabriel Valley. Art and technology meet in the form of the nationally recognized California Institute of Technology and a handful of museums. Since its inception, the city has attracted creative residents who have crafted its architecture and given the city a laid-back vibe. Bohemian traditions are celebrated every year in the Doo Dah Parade, where music, art, and flamboyance meet for one large party. Add Pasadena and other destinations in United States to your travel itinerary using our United States trip planner.
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Norton Simon Museum ©
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Norton Simon Museum
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Duration: 1 hour
The Gamble House ©
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The Gamble House
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Stark Spirits Distillery ©
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Stark Spirits Distillery
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Duration: 1h 30 min
City of Pasadena City Hall ©
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City of Pasadena City Hall
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Duration: 2 hours

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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
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Hidden gems in Pasadena

California Institute of Technology ©
Educational Site
California Institute of Technology
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Vroman's Bookstore ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Vroman's Bookstore
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Jet Propulsion Laboratory ©
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Duration: 2 hours
Eaton Canyon
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Eaton Canyon
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Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Pasadena

Arlington Garden in Pasadena ©
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Arlington Garden in Pasadena
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Wrigley Gardens ©
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Wrigley Gardens
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Duration: 2 hours
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden ©
Garden
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Central Park ©
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Central Park
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Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Pasadena

Pasadena City College Flea Market ©
Flea Market
Pasadena City College Flea Market
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Pasadena Antique Mall ©
Antique Store
Pasadena Antique Mall
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Duration: 2 hours
Mignon Chocolate ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Mignon Chocolate
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Pasadena

Pacific Asia Museum ©
Art Museum
Pacific Asia Museum
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Pasadena Museum of History ©
Specialty Museum
Pasadena Museum of History
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Pasadena

Pasadena's Old Town extends into the Theater District, and this area is dotted with boutique hotels situated in the center of the city's social scene. Hotels along Mission Street give you easy access to a major shopping district.
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