Route Information: May 17, 2015 - Stage 8 Overall Finish
Nestled at the base of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, less than 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is quintessential Southern California. From mountains caressed by the sun, through gardens radiant with roses, to extraordinary turn-of-the-century architecture, there is nowhere else quite like Pasadena.
Visitors can stroll along beautiful tree-lined South Lake Avenue, known as Pasadena’s premier shopping district, while an eclectic mix of antique stores, galleries and specialty shops can be found in the Playhouse District. Old Pasadena, a 22-block historical area featuring 19th century structures and quaint alleyways, is one of Southern California’s hottest main-street entertainment districts. With 200 specialty shops, antique havens, boutiques, bistros and entertainment venues, Old Pasadena offers something for everyone.
Drawing from its rich cultural heritage, Pasadena features numerous world-class museums and historical sites. This cultural haven features 14 museums and 11 performing arts organizations, many offering tours. Visitors will see masterpieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Picasso at the Norton Simon Museum; renowned Craftsman architecture at the Gamble House; and an original Gutenberg Bible, 4 million literary items, priceless art, and 150 acres of gardens at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Guided culinary, flea market and architectural tours are also available.