The City of Pasadena is located less than 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Pasadena is unique in that it is home to 16 historically designated districts, such as Bungalow Heaven and Garfield Heights. Today, at least 10 percent of the city’s 22.5 square-mile area is historically designated.
Mild, year-round Mediterranean climate
- Average daytime temperature: 76 Fahrenheit, 24 Celsius
- Average nighttime temperature: 54 Fahrenheit, 12 Celsius
- Japan: Mishima
- Germany: Ludwigshafen
- Finland: Jarvenpaa
- Armenia: Vanatzor
- China: Beijing Xicheng
Four airports service Pasadena visitors:
- Burbank/Bob Hope Airport (BUR) - 16 miles
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – 28 miles
- Long Beach Airport (LGB) – 32 miles
- LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) – 37 miles
Super Shuttle and Prime Time shuttles offer convenient transportation to all Pasadena hotels, shopping and entertainment districts from Los Angeles International and Bob Hope/Burbank Airports.
Once in Pasadena, visitors find the city to be invitingly walkable. Additionally, Pasadena ARTS (Area Rapid Transit System) provides safe and convenient links to the area’s centers of commerce and attractions.
The Pasadena Freeway (California 110) connects Pasadena to Los Angeles. The Foothill Freeway (Interstate 210) links Pasadena to communities to the north and east. The Ventura Freeway (US 134) leads to Ventura County and Northern California.
The expanded Pasadena Convention Center features a 55,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 25,000-square-foot ballroom and 29 breakout rooms. The complex also features the 3,000-seat Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Accommodations in Pasadena range from luxury resorts to modern contemporary hotels for a total of more than 2,500 guestrooms among the city’s 10 motels and inns and five, first-class luxury hotels including the Old Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott (314 rooms), Hilton Pasadena (296 rooms), The Langham, Huntington (380 rooms), Sheraton Pasadena Hotel (311 rooms) and The Westin Pasadena (350 rooms).
Home to the California School of Culinary Arts, Pasadena offers a myriad of dining options. With more than 500 restaurants, there is a broad range of cuisines served in a variety of environments ranging from outdoor cafes and quaint cottages to elegant trattorias and fine dining rooms.
Pasadena is also known for its nightlife scene where pub crawlers haunt places like Ice House Comedy Club, Bar Celona, Bodega Wine Bar, Red White+Bluezz, and a variety of cinemas, bars, jazz and dance clubs.
Reminiscent of a refined collection of European villages with modern conveniences and an urban sophistication, Pasadena offers three distinct districts:
- Old Pasadena is nationally recognized for its vibrant main street revitalization. Spanning 22 blocks of historic streets and alleyways, Old Pasadena reflects the traditions of early California blending more than 200 retail stores, art galleries, trendy boutiques, vintage clothing stores, theaters and restaurants.
- Lake Avenue, which is home to upscale boutiques, designer stores and eateries. This active business community and bustling retail center features Macy’s, Anthropology and Orvis alongside diverse eateries such as Smitty’s and Pie & Burger, a Pasadena institution since 1963.
- The Pasadena Playhouse District is an eclectic mix of art, theatre and literature, all enhanced with 1920s architecture. Visit Vroman’s Bookstore, the oldest independent bookstore in Southern California or stop in and smell the roses at Jacob Maarse, one of the area’s premier florists. Witness a creatively daring presentation of drama and music in one of the intimate, state-of-the-art settings at Boston Court Theatre, known for its special emphasis on nurturing new talent.
Things To Do:
Blending historic and contemporary architecture, One Colorado is a single city block bursting with abundant shopping, dining and entertainment options. One of the city’s most popular gathering spots, One Colorado features eight restaurants, 25 unique one-of-a-kind retail shops, and endless entertainment with outdoor film festivals, live music, art installations and children’s arts and crafts.
- Paseo Colorado spans three city blocks at the heart of Pasadena’s downtown Civic Center. It is a bustling open-air urban village with lush promenades, 65 street-front retail shops and an impressive collection of acclaimed restaurants.
- Pasadena Antique Center is known as “antique collector’s heaven” with more than 120 eclectic stores carrying antiques from all periods and styles.
- The Rose Bowl Flea Market, “the granddaddy of all flea markets,” is located in the Rose Bowl Stadium, northwest of downtown Pasadena. Staged the second Sunday of every month, the flea market attracts more than 2,200 vendors with over a million items for sale ranging from household necessities to fine antiques…a treasure hunter’s dream.
Pasadena is a prime location for museum lovers, theatergoers and performing arts enthusiasts.
- Museums & Gardens: Pasadena boasts an impressive collection of museums, including The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; Norton Simon Museum; Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of History; Gamble House; Pasadena Museum of California Art; and the Tournament House & Wrigley Gardens.
- Theatres & Performing Arts: See renowned shows and performances including live theatre, ballet, musicals, symphonies and jazz concerts at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena Playhouse, Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Boston Court Performing Arts Complex, and the Beckman & Ramo Auditorium.
- Architecture: View Pasadena’s rich architectural heritage on a walking tour. Detailed maps are available with 10 tours of Lower Linda Vista, Arroyo Craftsman, Arroyo View, Oak Knoll, Governor Markham Victorian District, Civic Center & Playhouse District, Old Pasadena, Madison Heights, Bungalow Heaven, and Lombardy Road.
Fit & Fun:
From the famed Rose Bowl Stadium to the sprawling Arroyo Seco, Pasadena attracts sports lovers and outdoor enthusiasts with its venues, parks, trails and golf courses including:
- Arroyo Seco offers biking and hiking trails
- Brookside Park offers picnicking, hiking, swimming, volleyball and fishing
- Brookside Golf Course is noted for its two, 18-hole championship courses, clubhouse and golf shop
- Rose Bowl Aquatics Center offers water aerobics, swimming and diving
- Pasadena Ice Skating Center
- Rose Bowl Stadium is the ultimate spectator sports venue
- Santa Anita Park features thoroughbred racing
- Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angles Dodgers professional baseball team (about 10 miles from Pasadena)
- Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team (about 15 miles from Pasadena)
ABOUT PASADENA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit marketing organization dedicated to promoting Pasadena as a desirable meeting, convention and leisure travel destination. For more information and assistance in planning meetings and special events in Pasadena, contact the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 307-7977 or log on to www.VisitPasadena.com.