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Pasadena is the largest city located in the West San Gabriel Valley. It is just below the San Gabriel Mountains, approximately 10 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. Commuting to Los Angeles is by freeway or by bus. Pasadena is world-famous for its New Year's Day Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game. First-class shopping can be found in "Old Town" or "South Lake", with Macy's Department Store, specialty shops, theaters, and fine restaurants. The Pasadena Unified School District is the largest in the area, and serves a diverse population of children. For more information, check out the following Sites: Old Town Pasadena; and Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
Altadena is an un-incorporated community located north of Pasadena, that extends into the hills below the San Gabriel Mountains. It boasts a popular country club and golf course. There are many distinctive homes, such as the Balian Mansion, which becomes a Christmas fairyland every year. Altadena is part of the Pasadena Unified School District.
Arcadia is located just east of Pasadena, and is the home of the Santa Anita thoroughbred race track. It is a well-manicured city, with a huge county park featuring tennis courts, swimming pool, and baseball diamonds. There is a large shopping mall, with Nordstrom, Robinson's-May, The Broadway, and JC Penney as anchor stores. It is the Site of the Los Angeles County Arboretum, an expansive park filled with lovely gardens and fountains, and unofficial home of beautiful wild peacocks. The Arcadia Unified School District boasts excellent schools.
La Canada-Flintridge is a lovely foothill community a few miles northwest of Pasadena. It is the Site of the beautiful Descanso Gardens. It is the gateway to the Mount Waterman winter sports area, and Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA), is nearby. The La Canada Unified School District is one of the finest in our state. La Canada-Flintridge hosts an annual Memorial Day parade.
San Marino is a mostly upscale city located southeast of Pasadena. The San Marino Unified School District is one of the finest in California. It is the home of the famous Huntington Library and Gardens, and the beautiful, historical Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel.
Sierra Madre is a small town of 11,000 people, located northeast of Pasadena, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The atmosphere is friendly; the fire department is "all-volunteer"; and a busy day for the police department is getting a cat out of a tree. The 4th of July parade and the Wistaria Festival are annual highlights. Sierra Madre is part of the Pasadena Unified School District.
South Pasadena is located south of Pasadena (you figured that out yourself, didn't you). It is a small town, with a strong sense of community, historical "character" homes, and a "downtown" shopping district. South Pasadena also has its own 4th of July parade. The South Pasadena School District is one of the top school districts in the area.