Pasadena may be best known for hosting the Rose Bowl and the Rose Parade, but the Crown of the Valley’s charms don’t stop there. This idyllic suburb, just minutes from downtown L.A., was one of the main centers of the Arts and Crafts movement, an architectural legacy evident in the meticulously restored Gamble House and residences designed by Wallace Neff and Frank Lloyd Wright. Historic Old Pasadena is bustling with charming boutiques and alfresco dining spots. Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in nearby La Cañada Flintridge up the IQ average, and arts venues include the Pacific Asia Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and Boston Court Theatre. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino is a treasured landmark.


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