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Pasadena

California’s hidden gem.

Welcome to Pasadena

 

A vibrant, hip, and lovingly historic suburb in Los Angeles County

 

Nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is the perfect escape from the busy hustle of Los Angeles city life. Many refer to Pasadena as California’s hidden gem. The city is a treasure of historic architecture ranging from Beaux-Arts to Northern Chinese Imperialist, which can be appreciated by strolling down Old Pasadena and visiting the 16 historical districts that add to the charm of the city.

 

It also has true paradise weather, with 300 days of sunshine that make Pasadena’s various outdoor events even better. It’s also known across the state for its impressive dining scene, which features more than 600 restaurants – that’s more restaurants per capita than New York City. Pasadena is also the birthplace of the cheeseburger, so rest assured, you’ll be eating the best ones here.

 

What to Love

 
  • Walkable
  • Abundance of entertainment, activities, and events
  • Rose Bowl & Tournament of Roses Parade
  • Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center 

Local Lifestyle

 

Pasadena locals enjoy an exciting life full of exciting events and entertainment year-long. With historic architecture, scenic landscapes, museums, and a vibrant atmosphere, there’s always something to see and do. Pasadena’s sun-filled days also allow residents to really enjoy the outdoors, and delight in strolling down the enchanting tree-lined streets. Together with a strong sense of community, Pasadena residents live a good quality life.

 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 

Sage Plant Based Bistro & Brewery offers an extensive vegetarian menu with food that is so tasty, you won’t even remember meat exists. Their crave-worthy beers are the perfect accompaniment to their food.

 

You’ll delight in shopping and strolling the 12 blocks that make up South Lake Avenue for all things retail, boutiques, beauty, and wellness. The Shops on Lake Avenue include Ann Taylor, Ten Thousand Villages, Moda Optique, and a newly-renovated Macy’s. 

 

The restaurants at Pasadena will never leave you unsatisfied. The abundant food scene features nearly every cuisine category – you’ll be having a lot of trouble picking where you want to enjoy a meal. One restaurant worth visiting is Houston’s, an upscale eatery with classic American menu items such as burgers and steaks served in a stylish setting. If you’re craving Italian, visit Mi Piace in Old Pasadena for an Italian-Californian menu. The restaurant also has a bakery, martini lounge, and offers outdoor seating. But really, the dining options in Pasadena are endless.

 

Things to Do

 

Pasadena is the proud host of the annual Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade that follows it. A sellout attraction since 1947, it’s the college football game you won’t want to miss. The game traditionally takes place on January 1st, making it the best way to celebrate and welcome the New Year.

 

As already established, Pasadena loves hosting events. Make sure to also attend the annual AmericaFest, an Independence Day celebration full of patriotic activities including live music, a motorcycle stunt show, fireworks, food, and fun. Don’t forget to enjoy an evening of arts, music, and entertainment at ArtNight, Pasadena’s premier art and culture event. Held twice a year, the event celebrates community and art as the city’s most prominent museums and cultural institutions open their doors for free and offer special programs and exhibits.

 

For more art, visit the Huntington Library, Art Museum, & Botanical Gardens – a must-see “three-for-one” experience. This incredible cultural destination has stunning art exhibits, a historic literature collection, a conservatory, and 127-acres of enchanting gardens all in one place.

 

When embarking on an architecture tour around Pasadena, don’t forget the inside and exterior of the Gamble House, the finest example of early 20th-century American Craftsman architecture. 

 

Looking for outdoor activities? The Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center is the ultimate place. Located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, this scenic natural preserve is 198 acres and has expansive hiking and equestrian trails, seasonal streams, horseback riding, a variety of wildlife, picnic areas, a classroom, an auditorium, and much more.

 

Schools

 

Pasadena is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

 

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