Pasadena Travel Guide

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Pasadena Highlights

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     History, Art and Architecture Abound, plus great shopping and dining 

  • Con
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     Lots of Traffic and people! 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of the oldest parts of L.A., but one of the most beautiful, too! 

Pasadena Things to Do

  • Architecture / Gardens

    There are a few more that I found, but not sure what they are because they are so faded. It is still neat to find them. 6) 16 N Fair Oaks Ave alleyway on the Bellas Gourmet Pizza building. 7) At the very top of the Basket Robins Building at 60 E Colorado Blvd. 8) Located on the back of the Classic Kickboxing Building 91 East Union Street

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  • Rose Bowl

    The last time Michigan State University made it to the Rose Bowl, I wasn't able to attend due too health issues. Well this time, since I lived 2 hours south of Pasadena, I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity. So a buddy of mine was able to get some tickets and we were able to attend the game. Had a great time and oh ya, MSU beat Stanford.

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  • Norton Simon Museum

    This museum has a beautiful intimate collection with a lovely japanese garden in back. They have a large collection of Rodin sculptures, plus a good collection of impressionists and post impressionists. They have a very impressive Renaissance wing. My favorite painting in the Rennaissance exhibit is the flight into Egypt by Jacopo Bassano. Vivid...

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Pasadena Restaurants

  • Wonderful Tiny Restaurant in Highland...

    It's listed as a French restaurant but I think it's French fusion. It's refined and with a twist. Food is excellent! It's a tiny restaurant so taking a big group is not a good idea. It's cozy and not located in Pasadena. Just south of Pasadena is Highland Park. I list the restaurant here because most people would never think to eat in Highland...

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  • New Restaurant in Town

    New restaurant in South Pasadena. The food is great and décor modern and comfortable. I ordered the black cod that was cooked perfectly. We usually bring our own wine but they have quite an extensive wine list. I will write more about it when I go back a second time.

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  • Best Falafel in town

    I like Pita Pita's falafels very much as they are very soft and fully cooked from inside. It has great tasting mediterranean food at a reasonable & affordable price. I used to go there often for lunch when I was working in Pasadena. I always visit them when I am in Pasadena area. Their combo plates have generous portions. I have always received...

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Pasadena Nightlife

  • Live Performance Venues

    Located in Altadena, just north of Pasadena. I don't even know where Pasadena ends and Altadena starts. This is a 49 seat show of various kinds of musical entertainment. Located in the back of the Coffee Gallery. Reservations are highly recommended. See the link below for shows and other info.

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  • Free Summertime Concerts in the Park

    This is a wonderful way to spend an evening when it's hot. Bring a picnic and listen to some great, free music! There's plenty of parking (you will have to pay for it). There is even an area off to the side of the stage for dancing. Check out the website to see who is playing and when. Most of the entertainers have their own website links such as...

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  • Music, Wine & Food!

    We have come here several times to eat and drink. But come later in the evening, towards the back of the restaurant (literally - a back entrance) there is a small club atmosphere with a live jazz band playing. You can order meals there, too. They also have some great wine flights it you would like to do some wine tasting. It's a good idea to make...

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Pasadena Transportation

  • Metered Parking

    Like most big cities and like most VTers, they are familiar with these city bandits of steel. The meters are everywhere, but as we explored, we did see loads of parking structures and some parking areas that had limited parking time. Please read the stickers on the meter.

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  • Memorial Park Station~Metro

    I am not sure what it would be live to live ontop of a station, but it would be convenient. We saw lots of folks getting off and on. Located next to Memorial Park is the Memorial Park Station (125 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103) for the Metro Gold Line which has these stops: Sierra Madre Villa 149 N Halstead, Pasadena 91107 Free On-site Parking – 877...

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  • Tour Pasadena via Hollywood

    So, you are staying in Hollywood and feel like you have had enough of her? Well, head east via Metro and experience what Pasadena has to offer. An out of towner may find this route very useful. Catch the 180 via Hollywood/Vine Station, which is in a very tourist-populated area to Pasadena, ending at Pasadena hots spots, like by the Colorado/Lake...

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Pasadena Shopping

  • Shopping & Dinning Galore!

    Located along this block and within the courtyard is so many wonderful shops, resturants, and other various forms of entertainment. I have not been down here in such a long time and I was simply amazed how they have transformed and restored so many of the wonderful historical buildings for all to enjoy.

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  • Upscale Shopping

    Located downtown is a huge shopping facility called Paseo Colorado. There is two levels of high end department stores consisting of fashion apparel for men, women, and children, footwear, gift & beyond, luggage & handbags, jewelry & accessories, specialty retial, beauty, dining, entertainment and even has residences.

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  • Neat find!

    I thought this is unique, why? How many city halls have a souvenir shops? Not many and you get to walk into the building to see more.Located on the second floor in room S228, they have T-shirts, posters, mugs, puzzles, tiles, postcards, tote bags and holiday ornaments. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

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Pasadena Local Customs

  • Post Office

    The City of Pasadena is great for preserving original, historic architecture. The post office is such a building. Located at 281 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101 right across the street from the Paseo Colorado Shopping Center. Hours are Monday thru Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am-2pm.

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  • Frozen Yogurt Supreme

    Before there was Pinkberry, there was 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt (the original) and it's still there! It will be a cold day in h..e.. double hockey sticks before this place will move over for Pinkberry which is newly establish in Old Town at the far east end of town. This place is always packed with a line often going out the door. Located at 85 W....

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  • Pasadena Fall Art Show & Festival

    The dates will probably vary but this is an annual event. Located at City Hall, Centinnel Square (Holly Street and Garfield Avenue) from 10am - 5pm. Some of the wares are really great! A free event, live entertainment and various food vendors.

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Pasadena Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning~city parks

    We parked at metered parking next to Central Park because we were unfamilar with the surroundings. We later parking over Memorial Park because the parking was free for 4 hours. After we parked the first time we notice lots of homeless camped out in the park. I am very sympathic for the homeless folks plight. They have to sleep during the day for...

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  • Metered Parking

    If you parked at a meter, make sure to return by the time the meter runs out. THERE IS NO GRACE PERIOD! The meter police will even wait at your meter anticipating it to run out before you return and you will receive a parking ticket! Other curb parking rules - stay within the lines marked on the ground. If you park too far away from the curb, you...

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  • Afternoon tea reservations

    I had originally planned to head to Pasadena on Sunday with Kat so we could have afternoon tea. The first place I called, Scarlet Tea Room, had a large private party on Sunday. When I was there on Friday, I stopped by Chado Tea Room to inquire if they had anything open, they said no but that they would call me if it did. They did call, regrettably...

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Pasadena Tourist Traps

  • Go past Cheesecake Factory...

    Old Pasadena's Cheesecake Factory is a good place for eating, especially if you want to get a lot for your money, BUT, it is soooooooo , sooooooooooooooo jammed pack anytime with long waits to dine that you may want to go. I recommend staying clear of it and to try any of the wonderful, more unique cafes/restaurant down Colorado Blvd. Come when...

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  • Same Old, Same Old

    The Cheescake Factory has mediocre food, high prices, with long lines. Only order the cheesecake and take it home. A real restaurant.

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Pasadena What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light Jacket, Nice clothing, plenty of shorts, and jeans. Tennis shoes and dress shoes. Can't for get your favorite swimming suit

    Photo Equipment: Bring a camera to take pictures of the sencery

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach is about 30-40 min away depending on traffic

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Pasadena Off The Beaten Path

  • Smith Alley

    The plaque reads: Believed to have been anem for Willis H. Smith who founded a successful harness and saddlery firm in 1896. He furnished harnesses, known for their simplicity and elegance, to prominent Pasadena businesses and families. He also furnished equipment to the livery of the Raymond Hotel, perhaps the finest of Pasadena's early Grand...

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  • Hugus Alley

    The plaque reads: Named for John W. Hugus (1836-1901), a wealthy and prominent rancher, businessman, and philanthropist who shared ownership in the Hugus and Bonham Block (45 West Colorado Boulevard) with Perry Bonham. This historical marker was donated by: One Colorado. Located by: Johnny Rockets 16 Miller Alley Pasadena, CA 91103

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  • Bonham Alley

    The plaque reads: Named for Perry P. Bonham, a plumber who occupied 45 West Colorado Boulevard in the Hugus and Bonham Block. Today, the late nineteenth-century masonry buildings are grouped behind a two-story Spanish Colonial facade. Bonham served as a police commissioner from 1901-1902 and was on the Board of Trade (now Chamber of Commerce) in...

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Pasadena Sports & Outdoors

  • The Rose Bowl

    Although with the BCS it has lost some of its luster, the Rose Bowl is one of the iconic football games, pitting the Big ten champion against the PAC -10 champion. The game is played in this stadium in Pasadena.

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  • The Yoga Alternative- Insight Yoga

    OK, I'm not a big Yoga buff, but after seeing this place up close, one will love to give yoga a chance! If you detest yoga, just come here to admire the exterior building draped with gren leaves! yoga mat, towel (white is preferable), and open, bendy legs would be nice!

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  • Rose Bowl Game

    The most traditional of all college football bowl games is the Rose Bowl game. Historically, it has been played between the champions of the Big 10 and Pac 10 conferences, but things have changed since the BCS has been put into play. (I am a Big 10 person, so I'm bitter).The first game was played in 1902 between Stanford and Michigan. Stanford gave...

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Pasadena Favorites

  • PASADENA

    Memorial Park is conveniently located near the well beaten path of Old Pasadena and just steps from the Metro Gold Line stop named after the park itself. Stretching from Holly and Walnut St along Raymond Ave. The 5+ acre park features a big, modern playground for the kids, ample lawn space, cement path for running and the Levitt Pavilion , a...

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  • Information / Sources

    I suppose this would be the city's official website. It has quite a bit of information. There is always something going on in Pasadena. That's what makes it such a great town to visit. Nice shopping areas, great nightlife, festivals, concerts, more restaurants that any town I know in SoCal and behind the scenes are the beautiful homes throughout...

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  • City Hall

    Squirrels rule in the City hall and by All Saints Church...oh the lovely creatures! So nimble! So swift! They are not afraid of people, at least they won't run off when a human walks by them. There are just so many of them in the immediate area that they feel comfortable.

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