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Pasadena, CA 91191

Nestled at the base of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, just 9 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is "the city that feels like a village." From mountains caressed by the sun, through gardens radiant with roses, to extraordinary turn-of-the-century architecture, there is nowhere else quite like Pasadena.

Pasadena truly is a pedestrian-friendly city. Visitors can stroll along beautiful tree-lined South Lake Avenue, known as Pasadena's premier shopping district. Old Pasadena, a 22-block historical area featuring 19th century structures and quaint alleyways, is one of Southern California's hottest main-street entertainment districts. With 200 specialty shops, antique havens, boutiques, bistros and entertainment venues, Old Pasadena offers something for everyone.

Paseo Colorado, Pasadena's newest addition, is a three-block open-air urban village. With its Mediterranean architecture, lush pedestrian promenades, courtyards and terraces, Paseo Colorado is anchored by Pacific Theatre's 14-screen cinema complex, Amadeus Spa & Salon, Macy's department store, and Equinox Fitness Club. Its 60 distinct specialty retail shops and restaurants include Coach, BCBG Max Azria, J. Jill, Tommy Bahama, the Yard House, and Café Med.

Drawing from its rich cultural heritage, Pasadena features numerous world-class museums and historical sites. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens offers an extensive collection of literary classics, 17th and 18th century British and French art, and 150 acres of lush gardens. Highlights include an original Gutenberg Bible, Ellesmere's manuscript of Canterbury Tales, the famous Pinkie and Blue Boy paintings and an authentic Japanese garden.

Seven centuries of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century are on display at The Norton Simon Museum, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Rembrandt and Picasso. The Pacific Asia Museum is dedicated to the promotion and understanding of the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific, while the new Pasadena Museum of California Art features California art, architecture and design from 1850 to the present. In contrast, the Gamble House, built in 1908, is an architectural masterpiece of the American Arts and Crafts era.

Recognized throughout the world, Pasadena's Rose Bowl is famous for championship events including five Super Bowl football games, the 1999 Women's World Cup Soccer Championship and the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Today, the Rose Bowl is home to the UCLA Bruins football team.

After dark, the village takes on a whole new flavor. As the birthplace of Julia Child, Pasadena is home to some of Southern California's finest restaurants. There are over 500 to choose from, including Madre's, the chic Latin-style eatery owned by singer/actress Jennifer Lopez. Exciting nightlife ranges from "hot" jazz clubs and "cool" comedy at the Ice House to theater at the Pasadena Playhouse and Broadway-style musicals at the renowned Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Adding to its appeal, a vast array of shops, restaurants and recreational opportunities lie within walking distance of Pasadena's magnificent hotels.

With its enviable location and a population of only 140,000, Pasadena offers visitors a friendly and safe enclave. The city's mild Mediterranean climate also makes for ideal sightseeing conditions. Year-round temperatures average 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition to all of this, Pasadena is easily accessible to all Los Angeles area airports, freeways, and other Southern California attractions, including Universal Studios, Disneyland and local beaches. To make sightseeing even easier, visitors can hop aboard the new Gold Line light rail system. The 13.7-mile Gold Line transports passengers from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles and points in between. With six stations throughout Pasadena, including two in the popular Old Pasadena shopping/entertainment district, catching the train is a snap.

During a visit to Pasadena, you will undoubtedly find yourself strolling along the streets of one or all of the city's acclaimed shopping and entertainment districts -- Old Pasadena, the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue, and Paseo Colorado. With hundreds of exquisite boutiques, shops and restaurants, Pasadena is certain to satisfy all of your cravings.

Pasadena is Southern California's premier dining and entertainment destination, Any Time of year. Pasadena's 500 restaurants offer a sumptuous mix of cuisine in an array of inviting settings. Lunch alfresco at a small cafe or trendy bistro, enjoy afternoon tea in an enclosed courtyard, or have dinner at an elegant five-star restaurant. And many of Pasadena's restaurants also welcome private parties.

Pasadena boasts an average daytime temperature of 76 degrees Fahrenheit, enabling visitors to enjoy the city's rich cultural heritage 365 days a year.

Whether for business or pleasure, Pasadena's hotels are a popular choice among visitors to the greater Los Angeles area. Just a short 15 minute drive to downtown Los Angeles and within minutes of Southern California's other famous sites and attractions, Pasadena's 2,500 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites offer a wide selection.
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