Pasadena is located in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. Because it is a small community, Pasadena is serviced by a Regional Airport. This facility makes available food and beverage, but I wouldn’t expect a wide variety because of the size of the facility. Car rental access and Commuter flights to the larger airports such as L.A. International is available
The area where Pasadena sits, in fact the entire San Fernando Valley, was once occupied by Native Americans. In 1771, the Spanish arrived and established the San Gabriel Mission. Orchards and vineyards were planted and flourished. Soon, Mexico took control of the land from Spain, dividing the land between many individuals. Control of this area was retained by Mexico until California became a state in 1852.
Some Great Things to See
Although you could make the drive into L.A. or Hollywood, there is much to see in Pasadena. The city has many museums for adults, as well as children. The Norton Simon Museum, the Pacific Asia Museum and Kidspace are but a few examples. A short drive in your Rental car will take you to the beautiful Angels National Forest. Should you choose to spend some time shopping, the best place to go is South Lake Avenue. There you will find shops of all kind, providing shoppers with some great items. In fact, many items can be found only in this area. If you are interested in science, you can visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Owned by NASA, it continues to remain involved in all space missions. Should you want to simply spend some time exploring downtown Pasadena, take a walk down Ellis Street. To get some additional ideas, visit the Pasadena Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. They can provide some great ideas. Yes, you will find plenty to do and see without ever leaving Pasadena.