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Walk down Colorado Blvd if you like crowds, shopping, walking, unique dining or people watching (one has to enjoy at least one of these things, right)?

This place is packed on the weekends. Along with Third Street Promenade and others, Old Pasadena is an ultimate hang out and outdoor entertainment/shopping venue in the greater LA area. Unfortunately, the sameness of big chain retail shops and restaurants take away from the original quality of the place. This trend is so prevalent in major town centers throught greater Los Angeles.

So, what's different about Old Pas? Well, it is probably the best looking city center, architecturally speaking. There is distingusihed style and a harmonizing mix of colors on shop and restuarant exteriors. It is not too bright and flashy like City Walk at Universal Studios, rather more of an opulent and old-fashioned look.

The greatest problem here is trying to find a place to park especially during the weekend, and, oh yeah, the 4 way diagonal interesections can be tricky also for walking. Well, overall, traffic is not so pretty at all!!

For an educational walking tour, Pasadena does offer them throughout the year, about 5 times or so. Take website for more information.

Directions: Old Pasadena, off Colorado Blvd.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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