Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

One of the most delightful, inspirational spots in LA, the Huntington is rightly a highlight of any trip to California thanks to a world-class mix of art, literary history and over 120 acres of themed gardens (any o…
Top Choice Architecture in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Gamble House

This mansion in northwest central Pasadena has been called one of the 10 most architecturally significant homes in America, a 1908 masterpiece of California arts-and-crafts architecture built by Charles and Henry Gr…
Museum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Norton Simon Museum

Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais standing guard by the entrance is only a mind-teasing overture to the full symphony of art in store at this exquisite museum. Norton Simon (1907–93) was an entrepreneur with a Midas to…
Gardens in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

It’s easy to spend hours amid the global vegetation, waterfalls, spring-fed lake and historic buildings of this fantastic, rambling, 127-acre park. Originally the private estate of real-estate tycoon Elias ‘Lucky’ B…
Museum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Kidspace Children's Museum

Kidspace is one of the best children's museums we've seen, with hands-on exhibits, outdoor learning areas and gardens luring the single-digit set. It makes great use of the SoCal sunshine with trails rambling uphill…
University in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

California Institute of Technology

With 34 Nobel laureates among its faculty and alumni (not to mention that it's the fictional setting of TV's The Big Bang Theory), it’s no surprise that Caltech is regarded with awe in academic circles. Earthquake s…
Landmark in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Mt Wilson Observatory

As you drive into the Angeles National Forest take the Red Box Rd turn-off, which, 5 miles later, dead ends atop 5715ft Mt Wilson. Operating since 1904, this was the world’s top astronomical research facility in the…
Gardens in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Descanso Gardens

The 160-acre Descanso Gardens put on a dazzling show all year, but especially in January and February when some 34,000 camellias, some as tall as 20ft, brighten the LA winter. In spring lilacs perfume the air, follo…
Landmark in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

San Gabriel Mission

In 1781, settlers departed from this mission to found El Pueblo de Los Angeles in today’s Downtown area. Set about 3 miles southeast of Pasadena in the city of San Gabriel, it’s the fourth in the chain of 21 mission…
Museum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Pasadena Museum of California Art

This progressive gallery is dedicated to art, architecture and design created by California artists since 1850; there's always a mix of contemporary and historic art. Shows change every few months and have included …