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by Destination Pasadena
Pasadena Walking Tours
- Great exercise
- A fun and easy way to learn about Pasadena's rich history
- Meet other interesting, educated and inquisitive people
- Get honest restaurant recommendations
- Learn about other "must see" Pasadena attractions
Pasadena Walking Tours
Docent-led private tours offer a comprehensive overview of one of America’s most beautiful communities. Learn about Pasadena’s amazingly rich history as you explore the vibrant city of today. The tour includes historic Holly Street, Memorial Park, Civic Center, City Hall, Paseo Colorado and ends in Old Pasadena. Hear about the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl game, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, world class art museums, internationally recognized architectural treasures, local "must-see" attractions and so much more. The tour covers at least two miles. Participants must be physically able to easily walk at least two miles. The walk takes approximately two-and-a-half hours.
All tours are by appointment only.
Tours depart regularly from the Pasadena Hilton or the Courtyard by Marriott.
Contact your hotel's concierge or bell staff or
call 626 - 584 - 3899 for reservations and information.
Advance reservations are required: 626 - 584 - 3899
$ 25 per person
Destination Pasadena is celebrating 28 years in the travel and tourism industry.
Why should we care about history? Because we ARE history.
Call 626 - 584 - 3899 for reservations and information
Locals: Where does the name "Pasadena" come from? If you think you know the answer (be honest - no googling allowed with this honor system quiz) send us an e-mail and become eligible for a free Family and Friends Tour, valued at $ 350.
If you DON'T know the answer, perhaps you owe it to yourself, your forefathers and your children to learn and teach history.
Please call 626 - 584 - 3899 for reservations and information.
Pasadena Walking Tours are presented by Destination Pasadena,
a full-service Tour, Destination Management, Meeting Planning
and Event Production company
serving Pasadena, California, U.S.A. and the world.
Old Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott
180 North Fair Oaks Avenue
between Walnut and Holly Streets
Pasadena, CA 91103
168 South Los Robles Avenue
between Del Mar and Cordova
Pasadena, CA 91101
Call Destination Pasadena at 626-584-3899 to arrange private, family or group tours
Following is a sample of the some of the sights you'll see and learn about
along the Walking Tour of Old Pasadena
Just around the corner from the Marriott is St. Andrew's church.
Lucky are the few who take the time to look inside this magnificent cathedral.
This remarkable building is modeled after the Basilica of St. Sabina in Rome, one of the earliest Christian styles of architecture. St. Sabina's was dedicated in 432 and St. Andrew's follows the plan, design and general proportions of the original. The interior of the church is noted for the richness of its decorations, the use of unusual marble throughout and the paintings of the Stations of the Cross above the side columns. The first Mass was celebrated in the new church May 27, 1928 at which Bishop John Cantwell said this is "the pride of the diocese and a worthy replica of the ancient church on the banks of the Tiber."
Alleys throughout Old Pasadena have signs that
explain a bit of the city's history.
Pasadena's Gold Line rail service through the San Gabriel Valley stops in Old Pasadena
and runs to and from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
Despite undergoing an extensive seismic retrofit,
Pasadena's City Hall remains one of America's most beautiful buildings.
Mt. Wilson sits 5,560 feet above Pasadena. The San Gabriel Mountains define the communities of the San Gabriel Valley.
The tour will allow for time to explore the shops of Paseo Colorado
Taking the tour is like visiting an outdoor museum with so many
beautiful artistic architectural and structural details.
The Post Office is one of Pasadena's many architectural treasures
What makes the old buildings so beautiful? It's all in the details.
Built before the turn of the twentieth century, Castle Green remains one of America's more distinguished looking buildings.
Please call 626 - 584 - 3899 for Tour Reservations and Information
City of Pasadena
Call for quotes for private tours, family excursions and group rates.
Sample Tours and Excursions
- Pasadena City Tour -
- Pasadena Architecture Tour -
- Pasadena History Tour -
- Pasadena Specialty Tours * -
- Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens -
- Norton Simon Museum -
- Rose Bowl, JPL, Caltech -
- Pacific Asia Museum -
- Old Town Pasadena -
- Shopping and Dining -
- Helicopter Tours -
- Disneyland -
- Hollywood -
- Universal Studios / City Walk -
- Beverly Hills / Rodeo Drive -
- Getty Museums -
- The Grove -
- Autry Museum -
- Olvera Street -
- Griffith Park -
- Chinatown -
- Santa Monica -
- Studio Tours -
*"Create Your Own" Tour
Pick and choose from our
long list of must-see area highlights
and we will create a tour especially designed
for your group.
Enjoy unparalleled luxury with your own personal concierge.
V.I.P. packages offer private guides who
are happy to make all your arrangements for you:
limousine, favorite beverages, finest restaurants,
unique shopping. Destination Pasadena's V.I.P. Tours offer
First Class treatment
at the area's premier attractions, exhibits,
concerts and shows.
Destination Pasadena provides deluxe
custom-designed tours and special events for groups of any size.
Please call for a free estimate: 626 - 584 - 3899
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