Pasadena is home to many scientific and cultural institutions, including the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena stands as a bridge between innovation and leisure. Primarily a resort town for nearly 100 years until the 1940's, the heart of the city thrives within its historical district, Old Town Pasadena -- where many shops, restaurants, and venues align the heralded streets. The picturesque open spaces and city developments extend into its neighboring city, South Pasadena, where streets are lined with numerous species of native California trees. With their welcoming atmospheres and quintessential settings, it's easy to see why, to many, these areas represent the realization of the American Dream.
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As a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that has thrived in Pasadena for well over 100 years, the Rose Parade attracts more than one million spectators annually.
South Pasadena is a popular stand-in for Midwestern and Northeastern towns in motion picture and television productions, including Gone with the Wind, Back to the Future, Modern Family, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
The area known today as Mission West was part of the original U.S. Route 66.