Visiting the Pasadena, CA
Situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is about 10 miles northeast of Downtown LA. Recognized for its Rose Bowl Game and New Year’s Day Rose Parade, it is also called the City of Roses.
More than a million Americans visit Pasadena each year after Christmas to decorate and view the floats, apart from attending the famed college football bowl game of the year. The city is also home to the world-famous California Institute of Technology (Caltech), whose faculty and alumni have won 32 Nobel Prizes.
The city offers exciting nightlife, while Old Pasadena has numerous retail stores, boutiques, clubs and restaurants in the western part, with dining and chic shopping on South Lake. The city is a great destination for foodies, with a number of restaurants offering international cuisines.
Pasadena is quite a pedestrian-friendly city, and numerous hotels and motels are located within walking distance of popular shopping and entertainment areas, such as Old Pasadena, the Playhouse District, and South Lake Avenue.
The nearest and most convenient airport is the Burbank/Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. It is located just 16 miles from Pasadena. Other nearby airports are located in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County. LA International Airport is 27 miles from Pasadena.
This historical area houses more than two hundred one-of-a-kind boutiques, top brands, galleries, restaurants, and clubs. Old Pasadena ranks among Southern California’s prime shopping and entertainment areas. Walking in the area, you may appreciate architecture from the Art Deco period back to the 19th century in some of the buildings. You can notice many of them from a car, but to truly enjoy the decorative details, you will need to park and walk.
Norton Simon Museum
The museum features 700 years of European art ranging from the Gothic period to the 21st century. You can admire masterpieces by Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, Fragonard, Goya, Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Cranach the Elder, and Botticelli at the museum. It also features a vast collection of South and some Southeast Asian sculpture and a sculpture garden that includes works of Rodin.
Pasadena was meant to be a foodie’s paradise, considering it is the birthplace of Julia Child. The city houses as many as 500 restaurants, which offer the choices cuisine from different parts of the world.
Pasadena’s oldest restaurant, this Mexican eatery is the city’s best kept secret.
All India Café
It offers great Indian food, if you wish to try South Asian cuisine.
This is an excellent Japanese food chain, quite popular with the locals.
This Chinese restaurant is sought-after for its sweet and pungent shrimp.
Pasadena has a variety of hotels to suit your needs. The full-service hotels mostly cluster around downtown Pasadena, where you have ready access to shops, restaurants, and entertainment. The city also has motels in the eastern part of the city, including a few along the Rose Parade route. Sheraton, The Westin, and Courtyard are other leading hotels offering state of the facilities and services in Pasadena.
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