Visiting Pasadena, California: Enjoy the Old and the New
The New Year is celebrated in Sunny Pasadena, California with the annual Tournament of the Roses Parade, now in its 122nd year. Another tradition is the Rose Bowl Game, which is the oldest college football bowl contest.
Once you enjoy the parade, with more than a million spectators, there is still so much to do in this southern California city. Enjoy the old and the new. Pasadena is a historic city with a contemporary flair and a great city to walk around. If you visit on the second Sunday of the month, you may want to stop by what is said to be the largest flea market in the world - and it's held at the Rose Bowl stadium. (see below for shopping)
Starting With the Old:
Old Pasadena - is a 22 block neighborhood right in the lively heart of Pasadena. A good city to stroll through to enjoy historic streets and see picturesque alleys. There are many shops to visit, and cafes and restaurants where you can sit, eat, relax and enjoy some wholesome people watching.
The Oldest Craftsman-style Houses - If you are a fan of the crafstman-style of homes, here is where you will find the Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark built in 1908 - and dedicated to the American Arts and Crafts movement. In fact, Pasadena is where you will find the largest concentration of craftsman-style homes in America. Tuesday is the weekly Brown-Bag lunch on the back lawn - bring your own lunch, and enjoy a guided mini-tour.
Huntington Cultural Center - The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens - belonged to the 19th century magnate of the same name. The 207 acre estate is now a well-established cultural center. Artifacts date back to the 15th century. The spectacular gardens cover 150 acres.
Shopping - Lots of unique and varied places to shop. The massive Rose Bowl Flea Market is a held on the second Sunday of each month in the stadium. Expect to see about 2,200 vendors! Open air malls include the Paseo Colorado and the One Colorado. Another location for shopping is the Lake Avenue shops.
Brookside Park - You can take a break here and enjoy a bit of nature and a view of the San Gabriel Mountains as well. This is Pasadena's largest park and a place where you will see hikers, joggers and maybe even plan your own picnic. For children, you can visit the Kidspace Children's Museum and enjoy the hands-on exhibits and the outdoor learning environment.
Norton Simon Museum - This museum is a showcase for seven centuries of European art and 2,000 years of Asian art. Also included is contemporary art. Look for Botticelli, Rubens and Degas. For outdoor strolling, enjoy the sculpture garden.
A Day Trip:
Downtown Los Angeles is not at all far away and can be reached by train in less than 40 minutes. The Gold Line train takes you into Union Station which is walking distance to Chinatown, the Little Tokyo Arts District and Historic Olvera Street - with its 27 historic buildings. The cost of a train ride is about $3.00
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