Route Information: May 20, 2017 - Men's Stage 7 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.
Shopping in Pasadena
Downtown Pasadena is made up of three unique districts offering shopping, dining and entertainment. Old Pasadena's brick alleyways are lined with boutiques like Mohawk General Store, Joie, and Vince. The Pasadena Playhouse District is an artsy neighborhood surrounding California's state theatre, the Pasadena Playhouse, this is the performing arts hub featuring Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Ice House Comedy Club, as well as coffee shops, and wine bars. The South Lake Avenue District is a European-style tree lined boulevard where people go to pamper themselves at boutiques like Olive & June (nail salon), Drybar (blow dry hair salon), SoulCycle (yoga-esque cycling studio), and Contessa Chocolate Collection (patisserie).
Museums of Pasadena
Pasadena is home to an abundance of renowned cultural institutions, many within walking distance of one another. Namely, the Norton Simon Museum exhibits one of the most well-known private collections; Pasadena Museum of California Art shows more contemporary works with exciting exhibitions; the Huntington Library shows the private collection of the Huntington family; and the USC Pacific Asia Museum is a university museum housed in a mansion inspired by the Chinese Qing Dynasty, dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
There are over 500 restaurants in Pasadena providing something for everyone. From gastropub fare at old favorites like Kings Row to fine steaks at Alexander’s, alfresco Italian at Mi Piace, cup of roasted coffee at Jones Coffee, authentic Mexican from El Portal, or the signature "Trust Me" option at SugarFish sushi, the challenge around Pasadena, is choosing where to eat.
Pasadena offers different styles of hotels for travelers, the more traditional traveler who prefers fine dining, spa services and glamorous surroundings will stay at the Langham Huntington Pasadena. A modern traveler who prefers the city and hip environs with a touch of history might consider the DusitD2 Hotel Constance. The frequent traveler who wants to earn points when traveling for work and pleasure has several options, Westin Plaza Las Fuentes, Sheraton, Hilton, the Courtyard by Marriott and the Residence Inn Pasadena Old Town.