Pasadena and San Marino
Situated very close to each other, these are a good option for a cultural excursion.
Two places, two offers.
Art and culture enthusiasts, or people who just like to be in the sun, should head to this part of the city, only 15 kilometres from the centre of Los Angeles. For a long time it has been a leisure hub in this area. Towards the end of the 19th century it became a place of summer retreat for artists, bohemians, and the high class of LA. Walking through the streets under the shade of the trees we see an array of mansions, increasing the closer we get to Old Town Pasadena. In recent times this area has been completely remodelled, with building being occupied by commercial and restoration businesses. As well as stopping for a drink and doing some shopping, there are many cultural offerings in this area. On the inside of the historical Pasadena, the Norton Simon Museum (www.nortonsimon.org) is a highlight, boasting one of the best collections of old impressionist paintings in the United States. A few kilometres away, San Marino is home to The Huntington Library (www.huntington.org), a large mansion which currently houses a large library, as well as a collection of 19th century French and British art. Next door, the Botanical Gardens have up to 15 themed areas, including desert, Japanese, and Shakespeare themes.