Museums, parades, and pedestrian friendly promenades guarantee wholesome fun in Pasadena.

A big city overshadowed by a much bigger city, Pasadena promises evening entertainment shrouded in small-town serenity. Culturally stimulating and classically-inclined, Pasadena's favourite pastimes include museum excursions and community-wide parades. This wholesome area isn't the urban metropolis that is Los Angeles proper—and that's exactly why people love it. When you want to get to LA's soaring edifices or sandy beaches, hop on the Metro Gold Line.

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On the Map

Pasadena is bordered by Glendale, Altadena, Highland Park, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Sierra Madre, East San Gabriel, and Eagle Rock

LAX Airport: 35 minutes by car or 1 hour & 40 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 35 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 25 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 40 minutes by car
The Grove: 30 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Small Town with Convenient Access to the Big City

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A small city masquerading as a big town, Pasadena's wide boulevards and pedestrian promenades evoke visions of little-village allure.

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This right-outside-of-LA-proper border town earns an honourable mention for longevity. Incorporated over a hundred years ago, it's Los Angeles County's fourth oldest city.

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As the focal point for New Year's Days' Rose Parade celebrations, Rose Bowl championship games, and historic Beaux Arts bridges, Pasadena merits more than honourable mentions.

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Residents love Pasadena for its proximity to Los Angeles' urban centre.

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They also love that Pasadena feels removed from the chaos of the big-city's core.

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Visitors love Pasadena for its quaintness, its cleanliness, and its friendliness.

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When the urban mecca beckons, the Metro Gold Line will easily get you to LA's centre.

Pasadena: Alive with the Arts

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Originally opened as the Pasadena Art Institute nearly a century ago, Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum continues to celebrate traditional and contemporary art.

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The museum's holdings include original works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Rodin.

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Pasadena's penchant for the arts extends to performance-based expression. Playhouses and outdoor pavilions provide the stages for theatrical and musical entertainment.

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Built in 1908, The Gamble House is a structural artefact. This Japanese-influenced Craftsman-style mansion is open for public tours.

Shopping In The City of Roses

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The area now known as Old Town Pasadena was once Pasadena's original commercial centre.

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Venturing to Old Town Pasadena is still fashionable.

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Shops, bodegas, boutiques, and big-name retailers line its central avenues.

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Casual Dining In Pasadena

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Pasadena takes advantage of the west coast's weather.

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Patio tables and outdoor seating are as prominent as indoor perches in Pasadena.

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The city's culinary scene stays true to California flavours.

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Although Pasadena provides numerous upscale dining options, many of its bars, pubs, and restaurants are informal.

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Dress code: Casual.

Nightlife Centred In and Around Old Town

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Come nighttime, Old Town Pasadena keeps the city feeling young.

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Bars, restaurants, comedy clubs, and sweet shops line De Lacey Avenue.

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Give this city outside of the city a good look.

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We'll give you the green light.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Alex Stanlioff

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Having studied film at NYU, Alex returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in motion pictures but found a greater passion in the world of stills. For this project, through walking around on foot in a city normally traversed by car, Alex was immersed in a completely different town, engaging with people he never would have otherwise approached just to capture their unique experiences.