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Pasadena doesn’t have much in the way of public transport, and ride sharing apps can be expensive, especially if traveling out of the city. Renting a car is your best bet for getting around.

If you want to explore Old Pasadena’s Victorian-era buildings and visit the Norton Simon Museum, but also get out of the city for some outdoor adventure or head to the beach, renting a car through Orbitz is convenient and a great choice. There are numerous car rental companies located throughout Pasadena, as well as at the nearby Bob Hope Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.


Pasadena and beyond: Three destinations by car

One of the great things about Pasadena is its close proximity to other Californian sights and cities. Here are three spots to discover by car.

Los Angeles

Spend a day in Los Angeles, where you can take in the sights, visit museums, and dine on everything from street food to gourmet cuisine.

Visit the Getty, one of the country’s largest and most impressive art museums, then make the trip to the Griffith Observatory and take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign. Grab lunch from one of the city’s famed taco stands or noodle shops, and take in the city from a rooftop bar come sunset.

Journey time: Around 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 11 miles

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a beautiful Spanish-style city on the coast. On the drive there, you’ll have cliffs on one side and the ocean on the other.

Once you arrive in Santa Barbara, you can eat seafood on the pier, head to the Funk Zone for local breweries and lots of wineries, and check out the boutiques and art galleries downtown. There are also beautiful houses in the hills, and a historic mission.

Journey time: Around two hours

Distance: Approximately 98 miles

Big Bear Lake

For a tranquil retreat, head to Big Bear, a town with a picturesque lake of the same name.

In summer months you can fish, kayak or canoe on the lake, and there are numerous pine tree-lined hiking trails in the San Bernardino Forest nearby. In the winter, visit Big Bear Mountain ski resort. Be sure to check out the shops and restaurants downtown.

Journey time: Around 1.8 hours

Distance: Approximately 88 miles