Visitors Guide to Rose Bowl Game and Parade

If coming to Los Angeles, one must have a visitors guide to the Rose Bowl Game and Parade happening in Pasadena.  This year, both will take place on Monday, January 2nd, 2017, as opposed to the typical New Years Day.  That’s because the Tournament of Roses that puts on both events has a “never on a Sunday” tradition dating back to 1893.  This was done to assure that horses hitched outside churches wouldn’t be spooked during events.  There’s no more horses (other than those in the parade itself), but the tradition continues.

Rose Parade in Pasadena 2017

Rose Parade in Pasadena 2017

There will still be plenty of celebrating on New Years Eve along Colorado Boulevard with visitors and parade watchers grabbing the best seats along the route for the parade a day later.

Penn State at Rose Bowl 2017

Penn State at Rose Bowl 2017

Pasadena and Los Angeles welcome both Penn State and USC to the Rose Bowl Game 2017.  Most USC fans will have about a 10 mile, 30 minute commute up the 110 Freeway, while Penn State fans could face a 38 hour, 2600 mile drive across the U.S.  Either way, we’ll have two very passionate groups cheering on their favorite football team.

USC at Rose Bowl 2017

USC at Rose Bowl 2017

Logistically, many visitors will be staying in the Los Angeles, DTLA, Hollywood and Beverly Hills areas, since approximately 1 million + individuals will be taking in the events in Pasadena.  Hollywood is about 35 minutes west of Pasadena (without traffic) and the beach communities of Santa Monica and Venice are a little over an hour from Pasadena (without traffic).  DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles) is just south and should be about a 15 minute drive.

We can’t say it enough…book everything sooner than later….Hotels, studio tours, restaurants, private tours, group tours, museums and concerts.  Just about everything will sell out.  We’ve already heard from a large group tour company that we partner with, and they are fully booked throughout the holiday season.  The busiest time of year is literally December 26th through about January 4th.

Glitterati Tours of Los Angeles has provided a link on our website titled “L.A. Info.”  It’s a great visitors guide for Rose Bowl Game and Parade participants. We do our best to keep it updated on all things Los Angeles, including direct links to Hollywood and Beverly Hills hotels, restaurants and things to do.

Good luck to both the local USC team, and Penn State, and congrats to our neighbor Pasadena for showcasing just how beautiful our cities are to the world watching.