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Old Pasadena

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Address: 1 W. Colorado Blvd., Bounded by Pasadena, Arroyo Pkwy., Del Mar, and Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91105
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Description: Old Pasadena is the downtown historic business district of Pasadena, a...
Old Pasadena is the downtown historic business district of Pasadena, a lively and diverse city located just ten miles from downtown Los Angeles. This eclectic old town area features entertainment and activities for kids and adults alike: museums, galleries, and music events, as well as movies, shopping, restaurants, and outdoor cafes. Families often stop by after sports events at the Rose Bowl; this clean and safe district is pedestrian friendly and provides convenient parking and easy access to public transportation, served by major bus lines and two Metro Gold Line stops.
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Los Angles and the Pasadena Rose Parade-2015

Seeing the Rose Parade had long been on my bucket list. We decided 3 months ahead to definitely do it, and that was none too soon. We were just in time to book grandstand seats... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Seeing the Rose Parade had long been on my bucket list. We decided 3 months ahead to definitely do it, and that was none too soon. We were just in time to book grandstand seats, luckily on a low row without climbing. Unfortunately, it was the coldest New Year's day since 1936, and we really bundled up. I live in... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Old Pasadena has more than just national retailers you can find in any mall. Get off Colorado and go up Raymond, Union, Green, and Holly. You will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of shops and restaurants

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Many of the shops are chains and some are unique and interesting. There a many unique places to eat and lots of fun bars. The Schoolhouse parking lot and the one on DeLacy street are free for the first 90 min and then $2 an hour. If you like to shop and eat you can stay all day. There is... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Tons of small locally owned restaurants, you could spend months here and not hit them all. Small place that is easy to get around walking. If you drive here there are many city parking lots that are free for the first 1 1/2 hours, then a nominal fee per hour after.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Grat area to wine/ dine and people watch! Loved walking Colorado street and the side streets in old Pasadena.

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

As a Pasadena resident, I love this area. I do not love the parking situation here which can be difficult, as some others here have noted. And yes, the cops love to ticket here. Here are a few of the places to try. All are within walking distance of the center of Old Town which is Colorado Blvd and Fair... More 

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East Greenville, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Old Pasadena is a fun place to visit. There is ample, relatively inexpensive parking, up to $5.00 or $6.00 per day or by the hour, and one can indulge their palate in virtually any international taste with an abundance of choices in cafes, restaurants, tea shops, bistros and the like, and all with a lovely, almost retro feel. The town... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a great area. Lots and lots of restaurants, cute shops, and people. If you leave this area hungry, it's your own fault! Everything is close together and you can just hop around at will. Great way to spend an evening.

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Vacaville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

Walking is easy but feels a little like an open air mall. They have all the expensive shops,restaurants and tourists. The parking is every where but expensive. I prefer State street in Santa Barbara. Spend your time at the City Hall, the Gamble house and the Huntington Garden area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Coming from Vienna you can’t help to feel and appreciate the effort and the pride a community takes in its being. Tranquil just on the verge of deserted on a Tuesday afternoon one still appreciates the holding on to old facades and traditional lifestyle. Lots of public buses running up and down Colorado and the upper floors apartment housing bringing... More 

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