The next stop in our series highlighting cities in the Foothill Extension’s Azusa to Montclair segment takes us to Pomona. This city is home to the Fairplex, one of Southern California’s largest event and entertainment centers. The Fairplex hosts events all year long, with its most popular being the LA County Fair each Fall.
For visitors looking to pump up their adrenaline, the Pomona’s Auto Club Raceway is a must. This dragstrip hosts National Hot Rod Association’s Winternationals and finals events every year.
History buffs will enjoy visiting La Casa Primera de Rancho San Jose. Built in 1837, this historic landmark is the oldest home in the Pomona Valley. Adobe de Palomares is another historical site in Pomona. The old adobe home is now open to the public as a museum full of information on life in the Spanish and Mexican ranchos.
While you’re in Pomona, you can also explore the various restaurants, galleries, and nightclubs in the Pomona Arts Colony neighborhood. Watch up-and-coming bands perform at the Glass House and at the art-deco Fox Theater.
A tour of Pomona would not be complete without a trip to Cal Poly Pomona. The university campus features a 1.3 acre Japanese garden and a rose garden that dates back to the school’s founding years.