This northern LA city is a perfect place to unwind during your California holiday. 

You’ve probably heard of Pasadena before because every year the city hosts the Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade. Both are worth planning your trip around, but don’t panic if you don’t make it to either. Pasadena still has all sorts of fun stuff to get into during the year. You can check out European and Asian art at the Norton Simon Museum, explore historical estates and load yourself down with souvenirs in Old Pasadena’s shopping district.