Pasadena may be considered part of LA, but it is, in fact, distinctly apart. As the city’s first suburb, it attracted a large share of the rich, who saw to it that a European flair enhanced the town. Fine mansions, such as the Craftsman-era Gamble House, occupy grounds on leafy streets. Old Town Pasadena, the historic core, is now home to a vibrant street of restaurants and shops. Pasadena is in the limelight every year on January 1 with its Tournament of Roses, a parade, and football game. The area’s other treasures include the Rose Bowl and the fabled Huntington Gardens.

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