The Pasadena Convention Center is just 9 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Several airports serve the greater Los Angeles area:
Prime Time Shuttle, SuperShuttle and Xpress Shuttle serve all the airports listed above.
The Union Station Flyaway offers nonstop bus service to and from Los Angeles International Airport via Union Station in downtown Los Angeles for approximately $14. From Union Station, passengers ride the Metro Gold Line Light Rail to Pasadena in approximately 20 minutes at a base fare of $1.50.
Taxis are available at each of the airports. Taxi fare from Pasadena to LAX is approximately $75-$90.
Vehicles may be rented from many major car rental companies at any of the airport’s car rental facilities:
If you are from a country other than the United States, you will need a valid passport or visa to attend the meeting. Plan accordingly, visas can take up to three months to obtain. The U.S. government is working to expedite visa processing; however, we encourage you to plan ahead to avoid any delays. Note: U.S. legislation requires foreign nationals to provide to air carriers a valid U.S. address during their stay prior to departure of their U.S.-bound flight. Most airlines require a passport number, as well as a valid U.S. address for the passenger’s stay, at the time of booking.
Pasadena is nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in beautiful Southern California. It offers many options for dining, shopping, theater, and art galleries. The business and recreational traveler will find a surprising combination of sophisticated charm, culture, history and fun. Pasadena is best known as the host of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl football game on New Year’s Day. It is also home to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) whose faculty and alumni have garnered 31 Nobel Prizes. The most recent award went to Robert H. Grubbs in 2005 in chemistry, along with Yves Chauvin (Institut Français du Pétrole) and Richard R. Schrock (MIT), for their work in the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis. All this helps Pasadena live up to the true meaning of its name—the Crown of the Valley.
Located in the heart of thriving downtown Pasadena, southern California’s premier meeting destination offers a state-of-the-art exhibit hall, ballroom and meeting rooms. Adding to its appeal, attendees can walk to four major hotels and Old Pasadena, a bustling 22-block historical area filled with 200 shops, boutiques, restaurants and clubs. Visitors will also enjoy renowned museums, golf, live theatre, and enviable weather.
For sightseeing and travel within Pasadena’s shopping and entertainment districts, the Pasadena ARTS Bus travels between Old Pasadena, South Lake Avenue and the Playhouse District. The ARTS buses are easily recognizable by their colorful exteriors. Stops are designated throughout the city with a pink triangle marked “ARTS.”
Old Pasadena is a bustling urban center. On the National Register of Historic Places, this 22-block area of streets and alleyways reflects the traditions of early California, blending more than 200 retail stores, art galleries, trendy boutiques, vintage clothing stores, theaters and restaurants while maintaining the heritage of Pasadena’s early downtown charm.
Pasadena Playhouse District is an eclectic mix of art, theatre, literature and retail with numerous restaurants. At its center is the Pasadena Playhouse, the official State Theatre of California and a National Historic Landmark built in 1917. Experience Southern California’s oldest and largest independent literary haunt, Vroman’s Bookstore or neighboring Canterbury Records.
South Lake Avenue is a mixture of an active business community and thriving retail center. Many locals frequent this tree-lined avenue featuring retailers like Macy’s, Anthropologie and Orvis. Local-only eateries include Smitty’s, Green Street Restaurant and Pie ’n Burger, a Pasadena institution since 1963.
Paseo Colorado directly across from the Pasadena Convention Center offers easy convenience for shopping, dining, groceries, movies, and more.
Four breathtaking, meticulously manicured gardens are located just minutes away from Pasadena.
Located on 160 acres in La Cañada, Descanso Gardens features forests, streams, a lake, and a bird sanctuary highlighted by 80 acres of colorful flowers, including camellias, lilacs, and roses. Group and tram tours are available.
The Huntington is located in San Marino and is an oasis of art and culture set amid 120 acres of breathtaking gardens. More than a dozen gardens feature 14,000 species of plants.
This 127-acre horticultural and botanical center located in Arcadia, features plants from around the world, native and migrating birds, wildlife, colorful peacocks, and historic buildings, including the Queen Anne Cottage made famous in Fantasy Island.
Tournament House is the official headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, its staff and the 935 volunteers who work year-round to organize the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Surrounding Tournament House are the 4.5-acre Wrigley Gardens, featuring more than 1,500 varieties of roses, camellias and annuals. The Centennial Rose Garden features the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) award-winning Tournament of Roses rose developed especially for the Tournament of Roses Centennial. Free public tours of Tournament House are offered every Thursday, from February through August, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Business casual is the recommended dress for the APS Annual Meeting. Comfortable walking shoes and casual, lightweight layered clothing are recommended for all meeting activities and a jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings. The average high temperature in August is 83 degrees, with an average low temperature of 57 degrees.