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Southern California's Rose Highways: From Pasadena You Can Head Up into the San Gabriel Mountains or out to the College Towns of Pomona and Claremont

Magazine article Sunset

Southern California's Rose Highways: From Pasadena You Can Head Up into the San Gabriel Mountains or out to the College Towns of Pomona and Claremont

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* DRIVING DISTANCE: 64mi/102km Pasadena to Wrightwood; 27mi/43km Pasadena to Claremont

* DURATION: 1 day each per drive

* DON'T MISS: Descanso Gardens, Mt. Wilson Observatory, Route 66

* DID YOU KNOW: The first Rose Parade in Pasadena was staged in 1890. The first Rose Bowl Game was played in 1902.

THE HIGH ROAD

PASADENA (15mi/24km). Visit the ornate Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens, which feature a 4 1/2-acre floral display of more than 1,500 varieties of roses, camellias, and annuals. Then get on I-210 and go north to ...

LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE (5mi/8km). The nearly 160 acres of Descanso Gardens are well worth a stop (roses bloom throughout the summer; camellias put on their show beginning in late fall). Then follow the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway (Hwy. 2) up into the San Gabriel Mountains to ...

MT. WILSON OBSERVATORY (20mi/32km). You can look at (but not through) the observatory's 100-inch telescope, tour the grounds, and visit the gift shop. Then drive up Hwy. 2 to ...

WRIGHTWOOD (50mi/80km). Perched at 6,000 feet, it's one of the best places in Southern California for high-altitude hiking--the Pacific Crest Trail practically runs through town. …

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