City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Pasadena

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.
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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: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Author: Caroline
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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 Style and Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture influenced City Hall. It was completed on December 27, 1927 at a cost of $1.3 million. It measures 361 feet (110 m) by 242 feet (74 m), and rises 6 stories. There are over 235 rooms and passageways that cover over 170,000 square feet (16,000 m2). The defining dome, located above the west entrance, is 26 feet (7.9 m) tall and 54 feet (16 m) in diameter.

The City Hall has long been a favorite shooting location for filmmakers. The courtyard was used in the 1995 movie "A Walk in the Clouds" to portray a Napa Valley town square. It has also been used as an embassy in the "Mission: Impossible" television series, and a villa in Charlie Chaplin's Oscar-nominated 1940 film "The Great Dictator." Pasadena City Hall currently serves as the city hall of fictional Pawnee, Indiana, in the television show "Parks and Recreation."

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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 penalty and torture, supporting immigration reform and advocating for social justice. With an active program for youth and children, outreach ministries to the community of Pasadena and a dynamic music program, All Saints Church has the reputation of being an inclusive center for progressive values.
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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 Pacific Islands.

The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1926 and designed by the architectural firm of Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury. One of the museum's 2009 exhibits looked at the mash-up of Chinese calligraphy and American graffiti. US-China Today has an article and slide show on the exhibit and a video featuring the curator and a couple of the artists who contributed to the exhibit: Calligraffiti: Crossing the Divide.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm.

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Playhouse District

4) 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 urbanization from the 1960s to the 1980s.
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Colorado Boulevard

5) 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) above.
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Pasadena Central Library

6) 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 people.
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Memorial Park

7) 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 children.
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Old Pasadena

8) 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 nightlife.
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Castle Green

9) 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 Register of Historic Places, the State Historic Register, and the City of Pasadena's list of Historic Places. Castle Green Apartments are one of the oldest standing historic landmarks and have many of the original features of their construction including the oldest wrought iron elevator on the west coast, gorgeous plaster, moldings, hand carved fireplace mantles, grills and wood moldings and original lighting.
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Pasadena Civic Auditorium

10) 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 other events, on its 56-foot (17 m) by 42-foot (13 m) stage.
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Convention Center

11) 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 shows.
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South Lake

12) 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 explore.
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Walking Tours in Pasadena, California

Create Your Own Walk in Pasadena

Create Your Own Walk in Pasadena

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pasadena is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Pasadena

Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Pasadena

Night life in Pasadena is rich and diverse. If you are a sports fan, you can watch a match with your friends and have some cold beer in a pub. There are places where you can dance all night long. Or you can choose a quiet location to go for a date. Follow this colorful night trip and you will discover places where you could spend unforgettable moments.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Places of Worship Tour in Pasadena

Places of Worship Tour in Pasadena

Pasadena can be called the city of churches. The buildings are designed in various styles and thus give a distinctive characteristic feature to the city. Here you can find almost any type of religion, confession and sanctuary. Follow this guide and visit these sacred places and you will be delighted and excited by their beauty.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Spectacular Architecture Tour in Pasadena

Spectacular Architecture Tour in Pasadena

Like many other cities in the United States and in the world, Pasadena has a variety of architectural styles and building designs. Well known architects and designers created a paramount work which we can enjoy today. Spend a few hours touring the amazing masterpieces this beautiful city is ready to show you.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Museum and Galleries Tour in Pasadena

Museum and Galleries Tour in Pasadena

Pasadena is a city rich in museums, galleries and exhibitions. Here you will find European, Asian, American and other types of arts starting in the 14th century and continuing with modern cultural concepts. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours touring the great art museums Pasadena has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Children's Entertainment Tour in Pasadena

Children's Entertainment Tour in Pasadena

Pasadena has many interesting places for a sweet childhood. The city has a lot of desert specialized shops, rich kids’ cloth boutiques and last but not least, groovy parks and playgrounds. This fascinating guide will take you and your children into an exciting wonderland.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km