We're coming out primarily for the parade and are trying to figure out how much more we can squeeze into our short trip. We arrive LAX at 11:00 am on Saturday 12/29 and are renting a car, staying the first night in Burbank and the next three nights at the Pasadena Hilton, leaving Wednesday 1/2 at 7:00 pm.
One tentative plan:
12/29 - go from the airport to the Getty Center (we have been before so this is lower on the priorities), dinner in Burbank
12/30 - morning - 2 hour trail ride at Sunset Ranch. Afternoon - Bandfest
12/31 - Huntington Gardens and Museum, early dinner, go see the campers on Colorado Blvd. I'm guessing we'd want about 4 hours to see the Huntington grounds and museum (no tea) - is that about right?
1/1 - morning parade (we already have grandstand seats). Afternoon - view floats?
1/2 - morning - or view floats now (we can get in early as seniors). Afternoon - drive to beach town near LAX for lunch and to enjoy the ocean - Manhattan Beach? Santa Monica? We've been to and like both.
One main concern is if we are pushing it to do the horseback ride and Bandfest in one day - we figure we'd have to do the 9:00 am ride to make this work. I gather we want to get to Bandfest as early as possible for good seats. We could do Bandfest in the morning and then the ride but that would involve backtracking on the driving end; not a big problem but better to avoid if possible, right? If doing both the same day is too much, we could do the ride on the 29th and either skip the Getty or go the last day. although I really really want to spend some time at the ocean's edge.
We can't think of anything to do the afternoon of the 1st unless someone gives us game tickets :) , assume we do not want to drive out of Pasadena. Ergo view the floats although that is probably the busiest time.
Any thoughts of the best way to arrange our plans? Or if there is anything else cool and convenient that we've missed? We intend to stay in Pasadena for dinners the nights we are there. Thanks much!Edited: 08 November 2012, 23:50