Visit Pasadena is the official visitors guide for the City of Pasadena, California. Learn about festivals, hotels, nightlife, museums, and travel info. Draws millions of people every year and is popularly known for it’s famous Rose Bowl Parade aired nationwide across the USA.
Pasadena, founded in 1886, is the second-oldest city in the area, after Los Angeles. The city became a popular winter resort town for wealthy Easterners after the railroads led there. The area was shaped by influential people like railroad tycoon Henry Huntington, who established the Huntington Hotel, now known as the Langham Huntington Pasadena, in addition to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Architect brothers Charles and Henry Greene – renowned for their contributions to the American Arts and Crafts movement – built most of the homes in Pasadena’s “Little Switzerland.” Charles See and his mother, Mary, started See’s Candies from their home in Pasadena, and Julia Child, the famous chef who brought French cuisine to the USA, was born there.