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WELCOME TO PASADENA

Nestled beneath the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, just nine miles north of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is a cultural gem characterised by tree-lined streets, historic buildings, museums large and small, lush gardens and rich architecture. The 20-block Old Pasadena neighbourhood boasts a variety of shopping, including popular retail chain stores, trendy boutiques and quaint antique galleries. Pasadena is a city of stunning contrasts, where visitors can go from sipping a cocktail in a designer bar, to eating sushi al fresco in a cafe. The weather is ideal year-round for strolling down the street, enjoying an outdoor bite or taking in the beautiful scenery and architecture.

THE LAY OF THE LAND

Along the San Gabriel Mountain foothills in Southern California rests an area especially favoured with natural beauty and a mild climate. Against the spectacular backdrop of rugged mountains, gentle slopes lead westward to the Pacific Ocean.

AROUND THE LANGHAM NEIGHBORHOOD

The Oak Knoll neighbourhood of The Langham Huntington, Pasadena has some of the most impressive residences in the city, some of the best museums in Los Angeles, a colourful history and The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, a cultural oasis that can fill the day. If you only do one thing in Pasadena, meander through the gardens and grounds of The Huntington and see the library and museum, which house a fascinating art and book collection, including the famous Blue Boy and Pinkie paintings by Thomas Gainsborough. The grounds include Japanese Gardens, Chinese Gardens, Rose Gardens, Desert Gardens, Henry Huntington’s private Roman Villa and ancient displays of ceramics and china. Another must-see is The Norton Simon Museum, which holds some of the best impressionist works by van Gogh, Degas and Monet. If you prefer the stage, take in one of the world-class shows or performances at the Historic Pasadena Playhouse.

Old Pasadena, the city’s famed dining and entertainment district, boasts more than 200 buildings dating back to the 1880s and 1890s. Old Pasadena is noted for its historic buildings, alleys and unique architecture styles. It houses more than 90 restaurants to please every palate, as well as nationally renowned boutiques and antique shops.

Lake Avenue is a favourite among local shoppers with its high-end stores, restaurants and its myriad of upscale goods and services. Burlington Arcade (380 S. Lake Ave.) is patterned after the century-old London original and features ornate arches, skylights and glass storefronts.

TAILOR MADE TOURS

LOS ANGELES CITY TOUR – Visit the City of Angels’ past, present and future. The old Golden Era of Hollywood, The Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and the birthplace of the City, Olvera street. Our expert guide can introduce you to unique shops that sell movie mementos, furniture and small accessories for your own collection.

SHOPPING AND BEACH TOUR – Los Angelesfascination with outdoor living will take you to various outdoor malls and beloved beaches such as Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Los Angeles is one of the most innovative and fashionable cities in America, full of international designers defining their own styles. Visit the Fashion District, Melrose Avenue or the various retail complexes throughout the sprawling metropolis. Experience some or all of these trends, or allow us to design a tour that sheds light on the trends that interest you.

MOVIE STAR HOME TOUR – Explore some of the finest neighbourhoods in an open tour bus, visiting the home fronts of our most beloved movie stars and music legends. Our expert driver is available to take you through the most beautiful areas in the city or recommend a tour bus to suit your needs.

AMUSEMENT PARKS – Los Angeles has a number of amusement parks for your enjoyment: Universal Studios; Disneyland; Knott’s Berry Farm, the first-ever amusement park in the country; Six Flags Magic Mountain; and to the south, San Diego’s Sea World and world-famous San Diego Zoo.

OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Downtown Los Angeles – Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of the city and includes Los Angeles Union Station, known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations,” and the famous Olvera Street; the Los Angeles Music Center which includes the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theater and Walt Disney Concert Hall; Chinatown and Little Tokyo; and the Financial District which features the seventh-tallest building in the United States, the US Bank Tower.

Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills is home to countless Hollywood celebrities, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel which was made famous in the 1990 film Pretty Woman, and the world-renowned shopping district of Rodeo Drive with its designer shops and haute couture fashion.

West Hollywood - Well-known for its nightlife, celebrity culture, and diverse atmosphere, West Hollywood is home to celebrity hangouts on the famous Sunset Strip and at the Chateau Marmont; trendy shopping on Melrose Avenue and Fred Segal; legendary music venues such as Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy Theatre and Viper Room; and numerous parks including Runyon Canyon Park.

Hollywood Studios – While in the entertainment capital of the world, visit one of the famous Hollywood studios such as Universal, NBC, Disney, Warner Brothers or Paramount, where you can take a tour and maybe even run into a movie star!

Santa Monica Beach – Visit the Santa Monica Pier, the oldest pier in town, with its carnival-style rides and games, and the Third Street Promenade, which is a three block outdoor haven of shopping and entertainment. Other notable beaches include Malibu, Venice, Huntington and Laguna.

Dodger Stadium- The third oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, Dodger Stadium opened in 1962 and is home to the National League’s Los Angeles Dodgers. Watch a game here between April and October.

Staples Center – There’s always something going on at the Staples Center, whether it’s a game for one of the many professional sports teams that call it home (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings), a special event or concert.

LA Live – The newly built, multi-billion dollar entertainment complex in Downtown Los Angeles which includes the Staples Center, Nokia Theatre, Grammy Museum, and many restaurants and bars.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Visit the only stadium in the world to host the Olympic Games twice (1932 & 1984) at Exposition Park and watch the University of Southern California Trojans football team play in the Fall.

The Grove – Previously occupied by an orchard and nursery until the late 19th century, The Grove in Los Angeles is now an outdoor marketplace with shopping, restaurants, a movie theater and a music-fountain with shows that play every
half hour.

Americana at Brand – Built based on the same concept as The Grove, Americana is an outdoor centre featuring upscale shopping, dining, entertainment and an animated water fountain, just a few miles outside of Los Angeles in Glendale.
Next door to Americana is the Glendale Galleria, the second largest shopping mall in Los Angeles County, which features five department stores and over two hundred specialty stores.