Southern California in general, and Arcadia in particular, have economies that are in a large part, tourist driven. Due to the proximity to many tourist attractions such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Santa Anita Park, the Rose Bowl, beaches and mountains—none of which is more than a 45 minute drive from Arcadia—tourism is very big. Many hotels and restaurants are in and around Arcadia and range from family owned motels to the most luxurious hotel names recognized universally. In Arcadia there are many outstanding hotels: Hilton Garden, Springhill Suites, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Residence Inn by Marriott and several others. Close by are DoubleTree and Courtyard by Marriott hotels.
The biggest tourist season locally is Dec 26 to the end of April due to outstanding thoroughbred racing at Santa Anita Park. We do have rain, but there are many more warm sunny days here than in most other parts of the country, making Arcadia a Mecca for the tourists wanting to get out of the cold weather elsewhere and enjoy our many tourist attractions.
Arcadia is a city rich in beauty and history that provides safe, central surroundings for the business traveler or the tourist. The famous Route 66, immortalized in song and literature, passes through Arcadia on Huntington Drive in downtown Arcadia. Route 66 was once called “auto river” as it is the automobile channel flowing from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. The City of Arcadia is certainly a jewel along that channel for sightseeing, dining and hotel accommodations.i