Hollywood glamour. Sandy stretches of sunny beach. Eccentric artists of every stripe. Such things almost inevitably come to mind when you think about Los Angeles. But what most people don't realize is that there's a whole other world a mere 10 miles away, namely the neighborhood of South Pasadena. With free parking, wide streets, and lots of early 20th-century architecture, it feels like a cultural throwback—and a delightful one at that. So check out hotels near South Pasadena, and get ready to see how Southern California does Americana.
Visiting South Pasadena
Whether you're staying in the neighborhood itself or have made reservations at hotels in Los Angeles, you'll want to have your own transportation after you touch down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Taxis, buses, and the metro can get you to your accommodations, but South Pasadena rental cars free you up to see all that the area has to offer. After your flight, unwind at the Huntington Library, an art-filled estate boasting beautiful botanical gardens and a 15th-century Gutenberg Bible. Want to reach for the stars after stretching your legs? Drive northeast about 45 miles from most South Pasadena hotels to the Mount Wilson Observatory, which lets you peer into the cosmos through a massive 100-inch telescope. History buffs will dig the mission in nearby San Gabriel, a 300-year-old Catholic outreach with an on-site museum. And foodies? They'll find themselves in culinary heaven! There are more than 500 restaurants in Pasadena, which also happens to be the birthplace of Julia Child. And if you have a shopping itch to scratch, Old Pasadena packs 200 shops into 22 historic blocks.
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