If Hollywood is not for you, the outskirts of LA still hold plenty of options. Hop in a rental at LAX, and 26 miles northeast, Pasadena will welcome you with open arms. Blessed with that mild Cali climate and set against the striking San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is the perfect destination for a weekend trip away from any big city’s hustle and bustle. Albeit famous for its Rose Parade, there are enough other attractions: Go shopping amidst charming turn-of-the-century brick buildings in Old Pasadena, grab a burger on Colorado Boulevard with historic Route 66, and get yourself a special souvenir at Rose Bowl Flea Market. Speaking of which – a snapshot with the actual Rose Bowl stadium is a must, too. Those seeking entertainment can catch a play at the famous Pasadena Playhouse, while it only takes nature lovers a short drive to get to one of LA’s best hikes: Echo Mountain. Watching the sun set over the City of Angels with chirping crickets in the background is quite the ending to a city break, isn’t it?