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Top Choice Museum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

One of the most delightful, inspirational spots in LA, the Huntington is rightly a highlight of any trip to California thanks to a world-class mix of art, literary history and over 120 acres of themed gardens (any o…
Top Choice Architecture in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Gamble House

This mansion in northwest central Pasadena has been called one of the 10 most architecturally significant homes in America, a 1908 masterpiece of California arts-and-crafts architecture built by Charles and Henry Gr…
Top Choice Market in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Rose Bowl Flea Market

Every month, rain or shine, since the 1960s, the Rose Bowl football field has hosted 'America’s Marketplace of Unusual Items,' with rummaging hordes seeking the next great treasure. Over 2500 vendors and some 20,000…
Top Choice Chinese in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Din Tai Fung

It's a testament to the SGV's ethnic Chinese community that Taiwan's most esteemed dumpling house opened its first US outpost here. The menu of dumplings, greens, noodles, desserts, teas and smoothies is as long as …
Top Choice Italian in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Union

A cheerful, sophisticated energy animates James Beard–nominated chef Bruce Kalman's restaurant, offering California interpretations of northern Italian cuisine. The menu changes daily, but standards include pork mea…
Top Choice Teahouse in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Rose Garden Tea Room

High tea ($35) at the Rose Garden has been a grand tradition inside the Huntington for generations. Try your choice of herbal and fair-trade teas (including jasmine, tropical fruit, vanilla and signature bergamot bl…
Top Choice Art in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Gold Bug

An amazing boutique with a steampunk vibe, Gold Bug shows work and collections created (or curated) by 100 area artists. We saw a robotic, metallic Cheshire cat, exquisite vintage jewelry and lamps, raw crystals and…
Parade in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Tournament of Roses Parade

Presented annually since 1890, this parade along Colorado Blvd through downtown Pasadena calls itself 'America's New Year Celebration.' The highlight: masterfully decorated floats covered entirely with flowers and p…
Museum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Norton Simon Museum

Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais standing guard by the entrance is only a mind-teasing overture to the full symphony of art in store at this exquisite museum. Norton Simon (1907–93) was an entrepreneur with a Midas to…
Gardens in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

It’s easy to spend hours amid the global vegetation, waterfalls, spring-fed lake and historic buildings of this fantastic, rambling, 127-acre park. Originally the private estate of real-estate tycoon Elias ‘Lucky’ B…