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Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is steeped in history that dates back to when it was founded in 1771. Visitors can tour this well-preserved Roman Catholic mission grounds and visit its museum. View the tall buttresses and walls then check out the campanile that holds six bells that were crafted between 1795 and the 1830s. The beautiful alter was made in Mexico City in the 1790s and some of the wooden statues were carved in Spain in the 1700s. The mission museum exhibits relics, books and religious artifacts.
This is an arboretum for rare, peculiar and beautiful cacti and succulents. California Cactus Center will wow you with their unusual flora even if you aren't a desert plant lover. The affable staff will take you through their collections and give gardening tips to maintain them if you intend to buy. Visit California Cactus Center to get an insight on these arid beauties.
San Marino's most impressive collection of greenery outside of the Huntington gardens is found in this beautiful 30-acre park. In addition to greenery, the park is home to six championship tennis courts and the Rose Arbor. The Rose Arbor is the oldest staple of the park, having been here for more than 60 years.
The Huntington, the former home of a railroad tycoon, is many things—an extensive library filled with rare books, a large art collection containing numerous European prints and paintings, botanical gardens of almost unmatched splendor and a forum for regular lectures and other activities. You will also find a fine bookstore, cafe and tea room on the grounds. Come and wander through the 150 acres of colorful gardens, lily ponds and beautiful sculptures. The rare books and manuscripts in the library include some of the earliest editions of Shakespeare's works, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible on vellum and the Ellesmere manuscript of one or more of Chaucer's greatest works.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 127-acre botanical garden and makes for a great place to visit along with your family. You'll find a variety of ornamental plants and flowers. Peacocks and more than 200 species of birds can also be observed. Every third Sunday of the month, the grounds are open to families for a picnic. The garden also offers Plants in Our World and Early California History tours to groups of school children.
Before or after a trip to the Huntington estate, drive a quick block north of the grounds and see these interesting architectural residences. Straying from the arts and crafts movement that characterizes many of Pasadena's homes, this neighborhood includes Spanish colonial, Monterey and Mediterranean styles, to name a few. The road runs east from the Cal Tech campus to Rosemead Boulevard, with the highest concentration of interesting homes within the boundaries of San Marino.
One of the historic structures situated on the premises of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, the Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn is considered to be a honeymoon present from Elias Jackson Baldwin to Lillie Bennett, built around 1885. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the Queen Anne abode includes beautiful stained-glass windows and doors of black walnut. The house is famous for having been featured in a scene of Fantasy Island.
Considered by the Greene brothers as their best architectural achievement, the Robert R. Blacker House is a grand bungalow which was built in 1907 for 100,000 USD. In adjusted figures, that sum is even more impressive, especially since the owner of the house provided the lumber from his own company. In the 1980s, a Texan purchased the house and sold off a number of the furniture and other interior accoutrements designed by the Greene brothers, causing a scandal among Pasadena's preservationists. Although the home is a private residence, no tour of historic L.A. structures would be complete without catching at least a glimpse of it.
California Institute of Technology, also called Caltech, is a private university which focuses on research in engineering and the natural sciences. Founded in 1891, this university has got progressively better with time and has become known around the world for its high education standards. Stroll through the campus and see if you can spot the Nobel Laureate winning professors.
Spanning about 10 blocks of Lake Avenue, this shopping district is where folks drop by to discover more than 600 businesses and stores in the heart of the city's financial hub. This pre-WWII residential neighborhood still retains its leafy boulevards, and dining at one of the European-styled joints along the way is a charm in itself. Once inside any of the boutiques at South Lake Avenue, you are immediately transported into a world of modern fashion and technology. Take your time over shoes from Angelo, business suits from After Hours, kids-wear from Pottery Barn and beauty products from Merle Norman. The guys can ogle at the latest innovations in the environs of Nextel and Penny Lane Videos. Home, garden, bed and bath accessories abound here, as do tons of gift items. Store hours and credit cards vary by store.
Located on South Lake Avenue, The Commons can be better described as a meeting point for locals on the east of the Playhouse District. The charming venue offers a good range of unique services, stores and eateries like the Green Street Restaurant and more that are lined along its shady courtyard. It's a spot where you can combine work with a fine dining experience. Besides, the California Institute of Technology and the famous Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens lie a short distance away.
The California State University in Los Angeles is also referred to as Cal State L.A., CSULA, or CSLA. It is known to have one of the lowest tuition fees without compromising on the quality of education. The courses offered go beyond the usual and the faculty are world-class. Check website for details.