Begin your Love Affair with Pasadena when Visiting San Gabriel Valley

Rich with history, unique restaurants, and so many attractions, nothing compares to the charming feel of California’s Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley. Travel to these special areas near L.A., and you’ll feel transported into new and exciting territory.

It’s just a 2-hour car ride from San Diego if you’d like to explore L.A.’s beloved Pasadena. Hop in the car and spend your day in the lovely ambiance of this gorgeous town. Here are some places to see during your day trip to the San Gabriel Valley:

Old Colorado Street Bridge

This landmark is an absolute beauty! Created in 1913, Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge will be having its 100th birthday next weekend on June 22nd from 1 to 5 p.m. Join the festivities with live music, street entertainment, and lots of fantastic eats. You won’t want to miss a piece of Pasadena’s history. Head up next weekend and enjoy the jaw-dropping bridge that has been a staple in Pasadena’s community.

Horse Races at Santa Anita Park

If you want to see the marvelous horse races of Pasadena, the Santa Anita Park is just for you! You can enjoy a horse race from 10 – 5 Thursday to Sunday or you can head up to Sierra Madre, a wonderful place for a hike up Mt. Wilson Trail. The views of the San Gabriel Valley are gorgeous from Sierra Madre and Santa Anita Park, After your day of hiking or watching the horse races, mellow out with a coffee at the nearby Bean Town coffeehouse for a refreshing break from summer heat.

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will definitely impress you not only with their class and beauty, but also with the plethora of interesting, never-before-seen art pieces that will be major eye candy for any art appreciator. You’ll see works such as Thomas Gainsborough’s “The Blue Boy,” the Gutenberg Bible, and a manuscript by Charles Bukowski. And, that’s not all! Many more precious art collections may be viewed as well as the bountiful gardens, forests, and nature surrounding the Huntington Library. This stop is a must for any new visitor in Pasadena.

Norton Simon Museum

If you can appreciate the wonderful works of high-class artists, you will love the Norton Simon Museum. Filled with outstanding pieces including Rodin’s 1884 Bronze Collection with “The Burghers of Calais” to begin your artful journey inside the museum. Along the way, you’ll discover works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Rafael… Just to name a few! There is also a stunning pond and garden in the back of the museum that will take your breath away. The Norton Simon Museum is open every day except Tuesdays.

Rose Bowl Flea Market

The Rose Bowl Flea Market is a hit with travelers and locals alike! Known as the world’s most unusual flea market, the Rose Bowl Flea Market draws in about 20,000 buyers and 2,500 vendors every month! Typically one Sunday out of the month, you can catch this eclectic flea market. It’s been 45 years, and the Rose Bowl Flea Market is always the best place to find a deal so come to shop or just look around to take in this truly special event.

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