Fast Facts

Pasadena Fast Facts


GPS  34.144607 - 118.144148
Nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, less than 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Mild, year-round Mediterranean climate
76 F | 24 C average daytime

 54 F | 12 C average nighttime


Numerous establishments offer free Wi-Fi service, including hotels and eateries.

I-110, I-210 and US-134 highways

Metro Gold Line
6 stations in Pasadena take riders into downtown Los Angeles [approximately 20 minutes]

Prime Time, Super Shuttle and Xpress Shuttle
Service to all Pasadena accommodations from area airports

Old Pasadena is a bustling urban center. On the National Register of Historic Places, this 22-block area of streets and alleyways reflects the traditions of early California, blending more than 200 retail stores, art galleries, trendy boutiques, vintage clothing stores, theaters and restaurants while maintaining the heritage of Pasadena’s early downtown charm.

Pasadena Playhouse District is an eclectic mix of art, theatre, literature and retail with numerous restaurants. At its center is the Pasadena Playhouse, the official State Theatre of California and a National Historic Landmark built in 1917. Experience Southern California’s oldest and largest independent literary haunt, Vroman’s Bookstore or neighboring Canterbury Records.

South Lake Avenue is a mixture of an active business community and thriving retail center. Many locals frequent this tree-lined avenue featuring retailers like Macy’s, Anthropologie and Orvis. Local-only eateries include Smitty’s, Green Street Restaurant and Pie ’n Burger, a Pasadena institution since 1963.

Stay in one of our relaxing luxury hotels just a short walk from shopping, dining, museums, and theaters, or book your room at one of our intimate, affordable inns or bed & breakfasts, many of which are situated on the route of the famous Rose Parade®. Immersed in Pasadena’s urbane atmosphere, you’ll relish scenic views of the surrounding mountains and stroll among artfully maintained architectural treasures that once played host to affluent turn-of-the-century travelers.

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Whether it’s a major sporting event, an exhibit, or a home tour, be sure to catch a quintessential Pasadena occasion. View a complete list here.

Only-in-Pasadena shopping experiences include two monthly flea markets, three shopping districts, museum gift stores, and two shopping centers filled with national retailers, antique havens, independent bookstores, and boutiques exclusive to Pasadena. Click here for more information.
Pasadena is alive with remarkable art collections, architecture, literature, and entertainment, so plan carefully to fit in everything on your must-see list.
Want to feast your eyes on Gainsborough’s masterpiece, “The Blue Boy”? It’s here at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Not to be outdone, Pasadena’s Norton Simon museum also has one of the most remarkable private art collections in the world. And don’t miss the Pacific Asia Museum, among just four institutions in the country dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Click here for more information.
When you’re the birthplace of Julia Child, you’re destined to be one of the top cities in the region for gastronomy. We’re a foodie’s paradise, from The Royce at the Langham Huntington, the only Michelin-rated hotel restaurant in SoCal, to that populist favorite, Pie ‘n Burger. Dine like royalty at Technique, the restaurant of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some See’s Candy—it all started right here, in Mary See’s kitchen. Stroll from one trendy watering hole, like megaproducer Gayle Anne Hurd’s Vertical Wine Bistro, to another—no transportation needed!
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UCLA Bruins football games, Rose Bowl Stadium events, Brookside Golf Course, Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, tennis, hiking and camping in Angeles National Forest, running, biking, archery, and Rollerblading.®  Click here for more information.
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