8 days in Pasadena & San Francisco Itinerary

8 days in Pasadena & San Francisco Itinerary

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8 days in Pasadena & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Pasadena
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Pasadena


Pasadena ©
Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley), St. Mary Magdalen Chapel (in Camarillo) and Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Stearns Wharf, & more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew Church, examine the collection at The Gamble House, and make a trip to City of Pasadena City Hall.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pasadena holiday builder .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Pasadena. In December, daytime highs in Pasadena are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Pasadena

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, Palm Springs Air Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum
The Gamble House ©
The Gamble House

San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour builder website .

Getting from Pasadena to San Francisco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pasadena in January, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf