The Guide to Los Angeles for Rose Bowl and BCS Championship Fans

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The 2014 Rose Bowl is the 100th anniversary edition of the “The Granddaddy of Them All,” taking place at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. The historic game matches the Pac-12 Champion, Stanford Cardinal against the Big-Ten Champion, Michigan State Spartans.  

The following week, college football fans and alumni from around the country will once again make the journey to the Rose Bowl, which hosts the 2014 BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles face off against the No. 2 Auburn Tigers in the 16th and final BCS National Championship Game. Beginning with the 2014-15 season, the College Football Playoff replaces the BCS with a four-team playoff series.

For visiting fans and alumni, we’ve gathered articles and guides that will help make your trip to Los Angeles an unforgettable visit.

Tournament of Roses

The 2014 Royal Court: 96th Rose Queen, Ana Marie Acosta (center) and the Royal Princesses. | Photo courtesy of Tournament of Roses Royal Court, Facebook

The 100th Rose Bowl is a highlight of the week-long Tournament of Roses, which includes numerous family-friendly events that lead up to January 1 and the 125th edition of the world-famous Rose Parade.

New Year's Eve Events & More

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No city throws better parties than Los Angeles, and there are New Year’s Eve events throughout LA that will suit every taste and budget, from elegant black tie affairs to all-night dance parties.

And after greeting the first day of 2014, you'll find plenty of other events happening in LA every day. Search our Event Calendar for everything from concerts to sports and comedy.

Hidden Gems in Pasadena

Gamble House in Pasadena
Gamble House | Photo Courtesy of D1v1d, Flickr

Whether you’re in town for the Rose Bowl or the BCS National Championship, here are a dozen hidden gems worth seeking out while you’re in Pasadena.

Pasadena Restaurant Guide

Photo courtesy of The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, Facebook

Of course, you’ll want something to eat while you’re exploring Pasadena. Here are some of the best restaurants in Pasadena, from a European bakery to a popular deli and a classic steakhouse.


Ice at Santa Monica
Ice at Santa Monica | Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Facebook

If you’re missing the snow while you’re in sunny Southern California, you can lace up for a fun session of outdoor ice skating, a Los Angeles holiday tradition that’s sure to get you and your family back in that winter weather mood.


Getty Villa courtyard
Getty Villa courtyard | Photo by Stephen Lee Carr, Flickr

There’s so much to see and do in LA, why not extend your stay for a three-day weekend getaway before or after the big game? We’ve highlighted the best of Los Angeles, from Downtown to Hollywood and the coast, so you can maximize your time and not worry about missing a great landmark or attraction.


"Urban Light" at LACMA
"Urban Light" at LACMA

First-time visitors and locals alike will appreciate our popular guides to navigating Los Angeles car free. Whether your itinerary includes LA’s world-class collection of museums, historic Downtown, or the gorgeous beach cities, we’ll show you how to go green and get around town without stepping on the gas.


Walt Disney Concert Hall at night
Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo courtesy of Candice Montgomery, Flickr

Los Angeles is known for its glitz and glamour, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to enjoy your visit. From museums to outdoor recreation, you won’t spend a dime at any of the attractions and activities listed in our guide to 100 Free Things to Do in LA

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