With a whopping 125 entries on the National Register of Historic Places located here, Pasadena is one of L.A. County’s most desirable and beloved cities. Notable structures include Greene and Greene’s Gamble House, the Beaux Arts Colorado Street Bridge, Hale Solar Laboratory, Rose Bowl, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, among others. And there’s no shortage of culture here: the Pasadena Playhouse, Norton Simon Museum of Art, and Pasadena Museum of California Art are all in town. Drive through leafy Bungalow Heaven, a quiet 16-block area, featuring 800 small Craftsman homes built from 1900 to 1930. Then spend time in Old Town, a 21-block historic downtown district, where you’ll find the lively gastropub Union, a Tesla showroom, Everson Royce wine shop, and stylish boutiques such as Joie and Mohawk General Store.
62 Walkability Score