JPL is also in Pasadena, you can go on a tour - but you must have reservations in advance. More information on the tours can be found at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pso/pt.cfm. It is very interesting.
Huntington Library is not far away and makes for a nice afternoon. It is a great neighborhood to drive through as well. Smells very green.
Let's assume you are visiting on a week-end day (that will help with the open hours at the attractions.).
Start the day by having a continental breakfast and then a walk around the Rose Bowl. This is where the annual New Years Day Football game takes place and a favorite place for walkers.
This will take a short amount of time.
Then head on over to Huntington Library - this is an absotely amazing place. Plan on having lunch here.
This place can well take 4-5 hours.
Afterwards, you might like to try to plan to take the last tour for the day at Gamble House (3:00)
After seeing Huntington Library and Gamble House, head on to Old Town Pasadena and do a bit of shopping and exploring.
Have dinner and listen to jazz at Red, White and Bluez restaurant. Reserve in advance.
Afterwards either take in a play at Pasadena Playhouse
or take in a live comedian at the Pasaena Ice House
By then its probably time for sleep, but if not, take in a late night drink at the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena. A wonderful grand hotel.
Tours are held Thursday through Sunday. Info is here:
The Pasadena Wrigley Mansion/Tournament House can also be visited. Tours are offered every Thursday, 2 - 4 pm between the months of February and August. Scheduled guided tours will begin promptly at 2 and 3 pm only. For information call (626) 449-4100. Location: 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. Separately, my review of the Gamble House is here: tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32859-d1273…
Pasadena is really a bedroom community to Los Angeles; not really a tourist destination (except for a few days a year every January).
Old Town thru the Theater District east then south thru the Lake District is popular with locals for restaurants... lots of good ones:
Arroyo Chop House (High end… steaks!)
La Fiesta Grande (Locals Haunt)
Cafe Santorini (Mid-market Mediterranean)
Zankou Chicken (Zen-like perfection in poultry… cheap too)
Malagueta (Mid-market Brazilian/Italian… sounds crazy but it’s fantastic).
Twin Palms (K. Costner's old place, jazzy, yuppie, expensive and adult oriented)
The preceding posts pretty much captured all the 'tourist' attractions
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