The Pasadena Visitors Center offers a free, self-guided tour guide. The guide features 10 neighborhoods with a rare concentration of landmark homes and buildings. The tours range from 1.2 to 4 miles in length and may be explored on foot, by bicycle or by car. Pick up copies of the guide brochure at the Pasadena Visitors Center or download it here.
Tour 4: Oak Knoll
Once the site of a sheep ranch owned by Henry Huntington, Oak Knoll was developed into large estates in the early 1900s. The rolling oak-covered area is now home to The Langham Huntington Hotel and an array of impressive estates.
Tour 6: Civic Center & Playhouse District
Planned in the 1920s, the richly detailed buildings, broad boulevards and park-like settings are firmly rooted in a civic axis. Commanding structures include the historic Central Library, Pasadena City Hall with its red-tile dome, and the revered Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Tour 10: Lombardy Road
Returning from European study, the aspiring gentlemen architects of the time created fanciful reconstructions of their half- remembered visions of rural Spain and Italy. This route passes the California Institute of Technology whose faculty has won 32 Nobel Prizes. End the tour at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens with lunch in the Tea Room.
Visit the Pasadena Visitors Center at 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101.
While visiting Pasadena, visit Summerhome, a Pasadena, California, based home furnishings store featuring unique furniture, accessories, and gifts. Visit us at 300 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105.