Pasadena may be considered part of LA, but is, in fact, distinctly apart. As LA’s first suburb, it attracted a large share of the rich and the powerful who saw to it that a European flair enhanced the town. Fine mansions, such as the masterful Craftsman-era Gamble House, occupy grounds on leafy streets. Old Town Pasadena, the historic core, is now home to a vibrant street with fine 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.