Pasadena is a beautiful city, which epitomizes the California lifestyle. Cruising through on Colorado Boulevard on a sunny day with the palm trees arching overhead makes you want to drive this stretch over and over again.
Pasadena is famous for being home to the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses Parade, which puts the city on TV across the country every New Years' Day. The Tournament of Roses Parade dates back to 1890, held to showcase the city's "paradise" in winter when residents knew much of the country was buried in snow.
Trivia: In 2007, Sports Illustrated listed the Rose Bowl as the number one venue in college sports.
Of course, there's more to Pasadena than anything rose-related; the city is home to the California Institute of Technology (known by most as "Caltech"), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Pasadena Playhouse.
Route 66 follows Colorado Boulevard until you hit the Arroyo Seco Parkway/Fair Oaks Avenue (California 110), where you begin to head south towards Los Angeles. Feel free to stick around, though, and check out Old Town Pasadena – an area of the city filled with shops, restaurants, arts and entertainment, and various events.
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