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California Institute of Technology

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Address: 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone Number: 626-395--6811
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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The campus is open for walking, just make sure you park on the street, not in campus parking lots. The architecture dates back a hundred years or so, and that's the most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The campus is open for walking, just make sure you park on the street, not in campus parking lots. The architecture dates back a hundred years or so, and that's the most interesting part of the walk. They do have guided tours available through the admissions office almost every day, no charge, if you want to see inside some of... More 

Thank MaryMargaretMcMertz
Claremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know why this is listed as a TripAdvisor attraction, but I guess it's a nice place to visit! And lol, we drove by it. Visit it if you want to tour colleges!!

Thank Zachary W
Greenville, South Carolina
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Campus visit earlier this month, no students were avail to give tour so we we were held hostage in visitor center for 2 hrs. You can do walking tour if you are so inclined, but no guidance or guide is offered. For a school of highly intelligent students who breath and sleep IT, the presentation was an extremely low tech... More 

Thank Vic S
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

The campus is quite nice and invites to stroll around. It's an interesting mix of architectures, ranging from modern to fake greek temple style. There are a lot of hidden gems to find.

Thank PlanetGuy
Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Caltech has a small, very walkable, beautiful campus. Its size belies its high concentration of mental power: this small campus has produced a disproportionate share of Nobel Prize winners in the sciences. The older buildings have a distinct Spanish influence (long corridors with wooden beams, carved doors, tiles, courtyards with pools and gardens), and beautifully landscaped gardens abound. An interesting... More 

Thank Agnes Q
Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a lovely place for walking exploration. The combination of classic Spanish architecture and modern is interesting. This is a fun adventure for children since there are big grassy areas and an amazing turtle and koi pond directly West of the Atheneum (faculty club, dining and events). The turtles come out of the pond to take bread from your... More 

Thank WendyCob
La Canada Flintridge, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Lovely campus, very unique esp the library,. Nothing Hi Tech I could see in campus, near classrooms or Library Clean classrooms, strict stds for class use. Best place for side classes IE MENSA exam, events, unique academic testing aside std attendance, which is $$$$ to attend Cal Tech

Thank spacetourist
Houston, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Cal Tech is one of the best schools in the country, and unlike many fine schools is located in a nice ares, rather than a slum. The buildings are striking and the grounds are well kept.

Thank ReallyLoveTraveling
Glendale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

There are seismographs to check out in the lobby of Seismo, koi ponds, tree lined walkways, a private club, lots of history, and a nice (if not exactly cheap) student cafeteria and beautiful architecture. Olive walk, the Athenaeum, libraries, and water features - all worth seeing or walking around. Don't forget Dabney Gardens or walking over the moat outside Millikan... More 

Thank swbabe13
Los Angeles, California
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1,940 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Love to visit Cal Tech when over in Pasadena and time allows. Easy to find just south of Colorado Boulevard a few blocks. Pleasant campus to walk about and explore - lots of greenery. Parking is available as is food on campus. Worth a visit! Enjoy. ...

Thank David B L

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