Pasadena is the ONLY California City named on New York Times’ top travel list!

While cities such as Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica traditionally attract California visitors with iconic landmarks and movie-like charm, the New York Times proposes an alternative destination: Pasadena.

The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2024” list features Pasadena as the only Californian city, claiming the 40th spot, surpassing locations like Hurghada, Egypt, and Boundary Waters, Minnesota. Known as the City of Roses, Pasadena earned this distinction primarily for its natural allure, according to the Times.

The report underlines the immediate impact of Pasadena’s natural beauty upon arrival. The San Gabriel Mountains loom over the city like a sylvan crown, and the region offers a wealth of hiking and biking trails bordered by forested valleys and cascading waterfalls, especially in places like the Angeles National Forest.