Posted on 19 Mar
From a world-renowned library and botanical garden to a snowy ski resort, Pasadena is just a short car ride away from some of the most coveted attractions in Southern California. Below is our pick of five awesome day trip destinations near Pasadena.
ROSEBOWL FLEA MARKET - Every second Sunday of the month, treasure hunters from around the county descend upon Pasadena’s world-famous Rosebowl Stadium in search of collectable midcentury furniture, vintage clothes, rare vinyl records and more. Due to the market’s overwhelming popularity, the market now offers a tiered entry system, granting early access to serious shoppers—at a premium.
MOUNTAIN HIGH SKI RESORT - This winter resort in the San Gabriel Mountains reins as the most-visited in Southern California. Just an hour and a half from Pasadena, the mountain is enjoying some of its best conditions in years. Group and private lessons are offered for newbie skiers and snowboarders, while weekend night rides, complete with live music and DJs, allow visitors to shred the park after dark on the weekends.
MT. WILSON OBSERVATORY - Soaring 1,740 feet above Pasadena, this Southern California landmark is responsible for taking some of the most detailed photos of Mars. Visitors can choose from several scenic trails to reach the observatory, including a 14-mile loop past a stunning waterfall that leads to breathtaking, panoramic views of Los Angeles.
HUNTINGTON GARDENS - Featuring massive libraries, an impressive art collection and 16 stunning, themed gardens spanning 120 acres, Huntington Gardens is one of the best places to while away a day near Pasadena. From its serene Japanese garden teeming with bonsai trees, bridges and tea houses to a vast desert wonderland, the L.A. landmark is as vast as it is transportive. Should you tire of its magical gardens, you can pay a visit to the Huntington’s renowned library and exhibition halls, or indulge in high tea in the Rose Garden.
HERITAGE SQUARE - Home to more than a half-dozen, late 19th century Victorian residences transplanted from different Los Angeles neighborhoods, this living history museum along the Arroyo Seco in Montecito Heights offers visitors the chance to explore the rich history and architecture of L.A. set on 10 period-appropriate, landscaped acres, the museum offers guided tours of the homes with costumed docents who delve into the history of the families and figures who once roamed their halls.