The ninth most populous town in Los Angeles County, California, Pasadena is a haven for visitors who fancy sports, the arts, or the sciences. The Southern Californian city is best-known for the Tournament of Roses Parade, an annual event held since 1890 to showcase artistic floats created with flowers and greenery.
The Norton Simon Museum offers an extensive variety of educational opportunities for people of all ages. Some of the most popular educational programs for children are the various specialized family days and the Family Art Nights Program. For teenagers and adults, they have the option of taking one of the museum’s specialized and intensive art classes.
The Pasadena area nature park is one of the most open and easygoing trails where you’ll honestly feel like you’ve slipped into the wilderness. This waterfall hike has its crushing weekend crowds, defaced rocks, and occasional litter. That said, it’s one of the few places in LA where you can enjoy the sound of running water through a forest.
This 90,000-seat stadium was built on top of the Arroyo Seco dry riverbed and has been used for football tournaments, American Idol, the Jay-Z & Beyonce tour, and the yearly fireworks show every fourth July.
It is home to the UCLA Bruins football team, the annual New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Game and on the second Sunday of each month, and the bowl is home to a stadium-sized flea market. Pasadena will never be as bustling as painfully trendy as the Eastside, but that’s precisely what makes this city so delightful.