Pasadena

Pasadena


The city of Pasadena is the primary center for culture in the San Gabriel Valley. Located 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, it is surrounded by the communities of Eagle Rock, South Pasadena, San Marino, Temple City, La Canada Flintridge, and Sierra Madre. Pasadena is known nation wide as the place wher the annual Tournament of Roses Parade takes place every January 1st.

The parade was first held in 1880, and was sponsored by a local social club in the area “to let the world enjoy a little of our paradise.” Pasadena’s desire to brag about its year-round sunshine, especially to snow-covered cities like New York, remained a tradition and the city established the Tournament of Roses Association that has organized the floats, bands, and royal court involved in the parade ever since. As part of the yearly festivities, Pasadena hosts the collegiate football game known as the Rose Bowl in its stadium with the same name. The Rose Bowl is the first and oldest post-season sports game in the United States. Pasadena was incorporated in 1886, the fourth city to be incorporated in the greater Los Angeles Area. The city commands spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains to the north.

Pasadena is a haven for art, housing the Norton Simon Museum of Art, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Pacific Asian Museum. The Rose Bowl Flea Market is frequented by visitors and locals who pick up unique collectibles and hand-made wares in one of the biggest open-air gatherings of second hand items, home decor, furnishings, artisan foods, and eclectic gifts. Residents of Pasadena love the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, situated next to the Rose Bowl. The venue was the finals practice facility of the 2000 Olympic swimming and diving team, and hosted the 2008 National U.S. Diving Championships. The Rose Bowl Tennis Center is also located on the grounds. One of the most popular spots for eating, shopping, and strolling art galleries is Pasadena’s “Old Town,” an area situated primarily on Colorado Boulevard and its side streets.

Pasadena is served by an enormous array of educational campuses, more than almost any other city in LA County. It is here that you will find Pasadena City College, Fuller Theological Seminary, The Art Center College of Design, Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts, and the California Institute of Technology. Pasadena is the location of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Gamble House, a historic estate built in the American Arts and Crafts style. Gamble House is known as a masterpiece in architecture and design.

Pasadena, besides offering shopping and dining opportunities at the South Lake Avenue or Paseo Colorado, nation’s first open air mall, has world’s famous art and cultural institutions like, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, The Huntington Library, Pasadena Playhouse State Theatre of California, Boston Court Theatre, Armory Center for the Arts, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Tours of historic architecture at Pasadena Heritage, glimpses into historic buildings at Heritage Square Museum, visit to the Boston Court, the Pasadena Playhouse, and A Noise Within offering great theatrical productions, California Institute of Technology, the world’s topmost research university, make this safe, comfortable, and active city, an ideal destination.




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