Distant Lands is one of Old Pasadena’s long-standing independent businesses, established as a travel-oriented bookstore in 1989 during the early days of the district’s revival. In 1995, the store added "outfitters" to its specialty, giving the traveling public access to the very best accessories, clothing, luggage, and travel packs available. Distant Lands also serves as an end-to-end travel agency right inside the store, while its website makes it simple for travelers to purchase travel goods online.
More than two decades later, it is still a locals' favorite, beloved for its quiet atmosphere conducive to browsing and a clear love of travel in the wide breadth and depth of everything stocked. The aim at Distant Lands is to give the traveler the most complete selection of books, maps, and gear in a space that encourages wanderlust.
The store regularly schedules travel-related films, presentations, and workshops; check the website for a complete schedule.
The mission of Pasadena Heritage is to identify, preserve, and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy, education, and oral histories. Pasadena Heritage works to protect Pasadena's architectural and cultural resources; advocates for endangered buildings; offers tours, workshops, lecture and other educational programs; and provides consultation and referral services for members. Pasadena Heritage is one of the oldest historic preservation groups in Southern California and the second largest in the state. With more than 2,000 members, it is also one of the City of Pasadena's largest membership organizations.
Pasadena Heritage played a leading role in the preservation efforts for Old Pasadena, now considered one of the greatest downtown revitalization success stories in the country, as well as the Colorado Street Bridge, the Huntington Hotel, the Civic Center, the Blacker House, and many other important architectural and historical structures. It also works regularly to protect and enhance individual properties and neighborhoods.
Those interested in the history and preservation of Old Pasadena are encouraged to take one of Pasadena Heritage's Walking Tours of the district or the Old Pasadena Pub Crawl Tour -- both are offered several times a year, check the organization's website for a schedule.