Stop by the City of Roses in your Pasadena Rental Car
Football fans and visitors alike who are passing through in a Pasadena rental car may be interested in nearby attractions, such as the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Rose Bowl Stadium and Bungalow Heaven.
The Tournament of Roses Parade
Every year, the city of Pasadena hosts the Tournament of Roses Parade. The first parade was held back in 1890, but quickly grew into a national event. Traditionally, the parade features elaborate floats, bands and equestrian units. According to the official parade rules, "Every inch of every float must be covered with flowers, or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. On average, a float requires about 100,000 flowers and greenery.” Participants in the parade travel over five miles and pass by around one million viewers who traditionally camp out during New Year’s Eve in order to have the best view of the parade route. If you’re in town, stop by in your Thrifty rental car and catch a glimpse of this spectacular event.
Rose Bowl Stadium
The Tournament of Roses wouldn’t be complete without a trip in your Thrifty rental car to the annual New Year’s Day Rose Bowl game. The game is held every three years, but the stadium is home to the UCLA Bruins football team and has hosted five Super Bowls and many BCS National Championship games. Some of the best known events here have included the 1984 Summer Olympics, the final game of the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the final game of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Rose Bowl Stadium has also hosted many concerts and other events, such as Beyonce and Jay Z's "On the Run Tour" in 2014.
If you’re looking for a perfect afternoon sightseeing excursion in your Pasadena rental car, Bungalow Heaven might be right up your alley. This area of the city is made of up a neighborhood of 800 small craftsman homes built from 1900 to 1930, many of which are still occupied. Much of the area comprising Bungalow Heaven was made a district landmark in 1989 and since then, annual historic home tours have been conducted throughout the neighborhood. Famous architects such as Greene and Greene have built several of their Japanese-inspired bungalows in Pasadena, including the Gamble House.