City Orientation Walk, Pasadena

City Orientation Walk, Pasadena
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "GPSmyCity: Walks and Articles with Offline Maps" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Pasadena Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Pasadena is a city rich in cultural venues, monuments, museums and churches. The downtown is a green area with many great places of national and international importance. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours touring this part of the city.

City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Pasadena (See other walking tours in Pasadena)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: Caroline
Pasadena City Hall

1) Pasadena City Hall

Pasadena City Hall, completed in 1927, serves as the central location for city government in Pasadena and it is a significant example of the City Beautiful movement of the 1920s. In 1923, the people of Pasadena approved a bond measure issuing $3.5 million towards the development of a civic center. City Hall was to be the central element of this center.

The San Francisco architecture firm of Bakewell and Brown designed the City Beautiful and California Mediterranean of Mediterranean Revival...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
All Saints Episcopal Church

2) All Saints Episcopal Church

All Saints Church is an Episcopal Church and is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. As of 2007, it was the sixth largest Episcopal Church in the United States. Established in 1883, All Saints Church strives to balance spirituality, community, peace and justice, in its work and witness. Known for putting "faith into action", All Saints clergy and members have been in the forefront of the anti-war movement, supporting equal rights for gays and lesbians, opposition to the death...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pacific Asia Museum

3) Pacific Asia Museum (must see)

The Pacific Asia Museum is an Asian art museum located at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue. The museum was founded in 1971 by the Pacificulture Foundation, which purchased “The Grace Nicholson Treasure House of Oriental Art” from the City of Pasadena. Grace Nicholson donated the structure to the city for art and cultural purposes in 1943 and was a dealer in Native American and, later, Asian art and antiques. It houses some 15,000 rare and representative examples of art from throughout Asia and the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pasadena Museum of California Art

4) Pasadena Museum of California Art (must see)

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is an art museum showcasing art and design that originates from California. The museum was founded by long-time Pasadena residents and art collectors Robert and Arlene Oltman. Ground was broken in 2000 and the museum officially opened in June 2002.

The museum does not house a permanent collection, instead featuring changing exhibits. Notable exhibitions have included Maynard Dixon: Masterpieces from the Brigham Young University and Private Collections,...   view more
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Playhouse District

5) Playhouse District

The Playhouse District is Pasadena's premier entertainment and financial district. At the Playhouse District's center is the world-famous Pasadena Playhouse, as well as Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena's oldest operating bookstore. Several shopping plazas surround the area. At the neighborhood's east end is the Ice House comedy club. Fuller Theological Seminary is located at the western end. The district is also notable for its manhattanization, the legacy of extensive...   view more
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Colorado Boulevard

6) Colorado Boulevard

Most major Pasadena attractions are found along or within one block of Colorado Boulevard. On this street you can find Paseo Colorado, also called Paseo, is an upscale outdoor mall, located between Colorado Boulevard to the north and Green Street to the south., covering three city blocks with office space, shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and 400 loft-style condominiums (called Terrace Apartment Homes)...   view more
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Pasadena Central Library

7) Pasadena Central Library

Central Library dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. It is considered to be one of the oldest cultural and educational venues in Pasadena. The design of the building shares the names of the same architects as those of the Huntington Library. Central Library has a historic importance. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is visited monthly by an average of over 55,000...   view more
Memorial Park

8) Memorial Park

Memorial Park is the second largest place of recreation and green area in downtown Pasadena. It is largely known for cultural and entertainment activities such as the weekly, free summer concerts held at the Levitt Pavilion. Also found here is the American Soldiers' Monument and playgrounds for...   view more
Old Pasadena

9) Old Pasadena

Pasadena’s downtown declined between 1930 and 1980, but has since been revived as “Old Pasadena”, one of Southern California’s most popular shopping and entertainment destinations. It contains a shopping mall, up-market restaurants, a movie theater, nightclubs, shops, outdoor cafés, pubs, and comedy clubs, and has an active...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Castle Green

10) Castle Green

The Castle Green is a part of the Green Empire. Its apartments stand on Raymond Avenue in historic old town Pasadena and were originally built in 1887, though officially opened to the public in 1889. It was originally known as the "Central Annex." By 1924, the hotel was owned by a group of investors who divided the hotel complex into three parts. The Central Annex was subdivided into fifty residential apartments and renamed the Castle Green. The Castle Green is listed on the National...   view more
Pasadena Civic Auditorium

11) Pasadena Civic Auditorium (must see)

The Civic Auditorium, one of the major structures in the Pasadena Civic Center District, was built in 1931 and is best known for being the home of the Emmy Awards from 1977 until 1997. It was designed by architects George Edwin Bergstrom, Cyril Bennett and Fitch Haskell. Today, the Auditorium is home to the People's Choice Awards and the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra. It has also been used for some episodes of American Idol. The 3,029-seat theater hosts musicals, operas and concerts, among...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Convention Center

12) Convention Center

The Convention Center is situated in the downtown Pasadena. It is the place where the most important tradeshows, exhibitions and presentations are held. The Center consists of two main buildings with the Civic Auditorium in between. It has always been a place of interest for tourists due to its various shows, such as the art and car...   view more
South Lake

13) South Lake

South Lake is a neighborhood in Pasadena, California. It is Pasadena's premier shopping district and home to the California Institute of Technology. The shops on the east side of South Lake Avenue are notable for being accessible from the street and from Shoppers' lane, a half-mile long alleyway that runs alongside Lake Avenue. South Lake is a wonderful area to stroll around, there are many shops and restaurants, as well as other businesses to...   view more
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