Pasadena, also called the ‘City of Roses’, is a bustling city located near Los Angeles. It is renowned for the annual Rose Bowl Game and New Year’s Day Rose Parade. The city has an active night scene as well as plenty of good boutiques and restaurants. It is well placed as a base from which to explore the various attractions in California. Tourists visiting Pasadena will have an endless number of museums, art galleries and theme parks to visit.
Set on 260 acres of land in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, the Six Flags Magic Mountain is a giant theme park. It was originally called Magic Mountain when it opened in 1971 but changed its name in 1980. As of 2012 Six Flags Magic Mountain is having the most number of rollercoasters with a grand total of seventeen with an eighteenth one set to debut in 2013. The California theme park is open throughout the year and offers a total of fifty two rides. The park can be enjoyed not just by families but also by couples and groups of friends.
Each of the theme park’s fifty two rides come with a rating- mild, moderate and max. Most of the moderate and max rides require a child be accompanied by an adult. The park contains three water rides and several rides dedicated to popular comic book characters such as Superman and Batman. Park operating hours can be found on the official website along with details on how to purchase tickets. Buying tickets online can help bypass lines. The park also offers a ‘Flash Pass’ that allows holders to reserve their ride times enabling them to avoid waiting in queues for the more popular rides. The best time to visit is during weekdays as that is when attendance is at its lowest.
Pasadena has an excellent public transport system although getting accommodation at centrally located Pasadena hotels can also ease the hassles of travelling. The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena is a good option. The Huntington hotel is situated minutes away from downtown Los Angeles and offers a tranquil refuge from the bustle of the city.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.