Pasadena Welcomes University of Oregon to Rose Bowl

Oregonian storyPASADENA, Calif. – For more than a century, the eyes of the world have focused on Pasadena for the “Granddaddy of them All” of college football bowl games to start the year. The 101st Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2015, will carve another chapter in the game’s glorious history when the University or Oregon takes on the Florida State University in the first College Football Playoff semifinal, with the winner earning a trip to the College Football Championship Game on Jan. 12.

Visitors making the journey to Pasadena to cheer for the Ducks not only have the opportunity to take in the pomp and circumstance of one of America’s greatest sporting events, but also enjoy everything else that Pasadena has to offer, both before and after the Rose Bowl Game. There’s even time to attend Pasadena’s other unequaled New Year’s Day tradition, the Tournament of Roses Parade, before the Ducks and Seminoles kick off at 2:30 p.m., Pacific time.

Pasadena literally offers something significant around every corner – architecture, design, high fashion, dining, entertainment, music, theatre, museums, galleries and other hidden gems. With its diversity and dichotomy, there’s never a dull moment in Pasadena. For example:

  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens features an extensive collection of literary classics, 17th and 18th century British and French art, and 150 acres of lush gardens. The Huntington is closed on New Year’s Day, but open from noon-4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekends.
  • Seven centuries of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century are on display at The Norton Simon Museum, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Rembrandt and Picasso.
  • Delectable dining can be found at more than 500 restaurants – more eateries per capita than New York City.
  • Three alluring shopping and entertainment districts – Old Pasadena, the Playhouse District and South Lake Avenue – are filled with an eclectic mix of antique sellers, museums, bookstores, restaurants, sidewalk bistros, one-of-a-kind shops and art galleries
  • Exciting nightlife ranging from jazz and comedy clubs to cultural performances can be found at Pasadena’s renowned theaters and performing arts centers.
  • There are more than 1,000 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places throughout the city, including the Tournament of Roses House and Wrigley Gardens, Fenyes Mansion, and the Gamble House, a1908 masterpiece of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

Nestled under blue skies at the base of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, just 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is easily accessible to Los Angeles-area airports, scores of lodging ranging from quiet inns to five-star hotels, and golf and outdoor recreation areas.

Visitors can plan their trip by downloading the free GoPasadena Smartphone app from the iTunes App Store or Android Marketplace. For additional information, visit www.VisitPasadena.com or call 877-793-9911.

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