Introduction to Pasadena, California
Pasadena, California is a city of nearly 145,000 people. It is located in Los Angeles County, approximately fifteen minutes northeast of Los Angeles. Pasadena is in the Los Angeles Long Beach Santa Ana metropolitan area, which at 12.9 million people is the second largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Pasadena is near Los Angeles, which was ranked among the thirty "Most Fun U.S. Cities" in a study conducted by Cranium, Inc. in 2004. Pasadena is also a past finalist community for the National Civic Leagues coveted "All-America City Award". Pasadena is home to three Fortune 1000 companies. It is also home to the California Institute of Technology.
In the heart of Southern California, Pasadena receives the weather for which Southern California is famous. Temperatures are pleasant in the winter with average daily temperatures in the high sixties and low seventies (degrees Fahrenheit), and summer temperatures average in the high eighties and low nineties (degrees Fahrenheit).
Pasadena Arts and Entertainment
Pasadena, California provides easy access to all of the many entertainment offerings of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. In addition, some of Pasadena's more notable entertainment offerings include:
- The Boston Court Performing Arts Complex
- The Norton Simon Museum
- The Pacific Asia Museum
- The Pasadena Museum of California Art
- The Pasadena Playhouse
- The Pasadena Pops
- The Annual Rose Bowl college football game
- The Pasadena Symphony
- The Annual Tournament of Roses Parade
For the sports enthusiast, Pasadena is home to the NCAA college football Rose Bowl every January 1st. The Rose Bowl is also home to the UCLA Bruins. In addition, the Los Angeles Area is home to the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL), Major League Baseball's (MLB) Los Angeles Dodgers, two Major League Soccer (MLS) teams - Club Deportivo Chivas USA and Los Angeles Galaxy, two National Basketball Association (NBA) teams - the Los Angeles Clippers and the Lakers, the National Hockey League's (NHL) LA Kings, and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
Los Angeles County is also one of the few areas in the U.S. where you can go to the beach in the morning, and skiing or snow boarding in the mountains in the afternoon.