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.