5 days in Pasadena, Los Angeles & Santa Monica Itinerary

5 days in Pasadena, Los Angeles & Santa Monica Itinerary

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5 days in Pasadena, Los Angeles & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: Pasadena
1
Pasadena
— 2 nights
tram:  30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
End: Pasadena

2
nights
Pasadena

Pasadena ©
Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pasadena Museum of History as well as Ice House Comedy Nightclub. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pasadena: Calico Ghost Town (in Yermo), Redlands (Redlands Bowl & The Lincoln Memorial Shrine) and Palm Springs (Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, Palm Springs Air Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew Church, sample the fine beverages at Stark Spirits Distillery, and take in breathtaking views at Eaton Canyon.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pasadena trip maker .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Pasadena. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Burbank.

Things to do in Pasadena

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Palm Springs, Redlands Bowl, The Huntington Desert Garden
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The Huntington Desert Garden ©
The Huntington Desert Garden
Redlands Bowl ©
Redlands Bowl
The Gamble House ©
The Gamble House

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles journey planning site .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Pasadena. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Pasadena in September since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica online itinerary planner .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Monica, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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