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Los Angeles County is among the most visited in the United States for many reasons. Booking an RV in Pasadena, California is a great way to experience everything from the big city lights and sights to the majestic beauty of the nearby San Gabriel Mountains. Although it is only the ninth largest city in the county, Pasadena is incredibly important in terms of cultural relevance and has made quite a name for itself.
‘Pasadena’ comes from the Chippewa native word for “Crown of the Valley”, which helps give the city its nickname, the “Crown City”. Once a small resort town, Pasadena has evolved to become a bustling city with its own distinct culture and tradition. Old Town Pasadena balances the conveniences of modern day with the charm the city has had since its inception in the 1800’s.
You need not worry about getting around when you rent an RV in Pasadena because the entire metro area and beyond is covered by Los Angeles’s wonderful public transit service, the Gold Line metro. Apart from the fine dining establishments and litany of unique shops that line the boulevards of Pasadena, the city is also famous for being home to the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses each year, which bring in visitors from across the country.
Even though Pasadena is situated within one of the largest metro areas in the world, nature is never far when you rent an RV in town. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area is close by in Irwindale. Here you can see the dam spanning the San Gabriel River and gaze upon the glorious San Gabriel Mountain Range that overlooks the city. There is also ample swimming space, bike trails and a nature center for curious guests, in addition to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California that is held at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area each year. Whittier Narrows Recreation Area is another local park where you can enjoy the outdoors while remaining in the city. The Recreation Area boasts a gun range, bicycle paths and knowledgeable park rangers giving tours in the park’s natural areas. Visit Griffith Park to see some of the most extraordinary views of the city you could hope for while walking the nature paths high above in the foothills. Sitting in the Santa Monica Mountains, this famous park has horse riding trails and bicycle trails too.
Dockweiler State Beach is great if you seek to have a nice relaxing day on the sandy shores of the Pacific Coast. The beach is popular for bicycling on the many paths and enjoying bonfires, and recently has become a haven for hang glider enthusiasts to learn and master their sport.
The national parks and forest of southern California are particularly gorgeous and deserve a visit when you’re in the area with your Pasadena RV rental. Angeles National Forest is the closest to Pasadena and therefore the easiest to get to. Here you can find five wilderness areas covering the San Gabriel and Sierra Pelona Mountains and even Mount San Antonio, the most massive peak overlooking the city, coming in at over 10,000 feet! Los Padres National Forest is another option close by when you rent an RV in Pasadena, with almost 2 million acres of mountain views, waterfalls, and coastal magic. Enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty in the 10 wilderness areas and three recreation spots when you visit the lovely forest in your Pasadena camper rental.
The city of Pasadena has so much to do and see that it would be impossible to even approach naming all the attractions. Coupled with its convenient proximity to Los Angeles, it would truly take years to see everything the county has to offer. The Norton Simon Museum is popular for locals and visitors alike as it celebrates and showcases art from all over the world. Named for the industrialist that had an immense appreciation for the arts, Norton Simon Museum has one of the world's largest and most remarkable private collections ever assembled. The Gamble House is a different kind of museum that fosters an appreciation for historic architecture. There are many tours and exhibits available in the house, which is a masterpiece of architectural wonder itself. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is one of the best science museums in the country, while the the City of Pasadena City Hall is a monumental landmark in its own right. The Rose Bowl is among the most famous venues in the country and hosts many sporting events, concerts, and other massive celebrations. This nationally recognized historical landmark is cherished by Pasadena and serves as one of its most iconic symbols. Don’t forget to check out the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and other attractions in Los Angeles, as they are not far away when you use public transit or drive there in your Pasadena RV rental.
Pasadena is centrally located and convenient for people hoping to rent an RV in town. With many refueling stations, Walmart stores, and places to stay at night, it is certainly one of the friendlier cities for RV renters. Most of the best campgrounds close to Pasadena are located within the Angeles National Forest north of town. Monte Cristo Campground is 3,600 feet up in the San Gabriel Mountains and is perfect for those seeking a more laid-back experience among the trees. Horse Flats Campground is another government-run campground in the mountains north of town, with affordable fees and jaw-dropping views of the valley below. Soledad Canyon RV & Camping Resort is on the other side of Angeles National Forest and offers a more luxurious option. With a refreshing pool, clubhouse, game room, dog park, mini golf course, and many other amenities, you will feel at home in this cozy little resort when you arrive in your Pasadena luxury motorhome.