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Suggestions for trip leaving from Pasadena- in February

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Suggestions for trip leaving from Pasadena- in February

I am coming to a conference at the Langham Hotel in February and would like to take a few days after for a short vacation. Would have thought about Santa Barbara but its the rainiest month of the year in SB in February. Other suggestions? Maybe inland is drier?

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Pretty much all of southern California can be rainy in February, depending on what winter storms are in California at the moment. The deserts get less rain than the coastal areas, but sometimes can be cold and windy if there is a storm in California. If it's sunny, Palm Springs could be the warmest place in California at that time of year, so if you are seeking warmth and sun, Palm Springs would be your best bet.

Joshua Tree National Park and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway are two attractions near Palm Springs, if those interest you. February 17 through 26 will be the National Date Festival and Riverside County Fair, in Indio, just east of Palm Springs, where a lot of dates are grown.

If Death Valley National Park interests you, that can be reached in a 6-hour drive from the Pasadena area. Las Vegas would be about a 5-hour drive from Pasadena. San Diego would be another possibility, about a 3-hour drive from Pasadena, and it won't be too cold in San Diego, but San Diego is not immune from the rain storms that are common in February in California.

Closer to Pasadena, if gardens interest you, visit the Huntington Library in San Marino, very close to Pasadena, and/or Descanso Gardens, in La Cañada also close to Pasadena. The Huntington has a Gutenberg Bible, Gainsborough's "The Blue Boy," and 120 acres of gardens in 14 themes. Unfortunately the Japanese garden there is closed for renovation and won't reopen until April.

If you enjoy mountain drives, consider the Rim of the World Scenic Byway, not too far away from Pasadena, which would wind through the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains. There may be snow along it. http://byways.org/explore/byways/2595/ or us-parks.com/scenic-byways/rim-of-the-world-…

To visit Sequoia National Park or Yosemite National Park in February might require the use of chains on the tires of your car, which may or may not be allowed by your car rental company. They are far away enough that you would need more than just a couple of days to get there and really enjoy them, and they would both be cold and snowy in February.

Edited: 14 November 2011, 10:28
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