California Scenic Drives: Arroyo Seco Parkway

View Enlarged Image This map will help guide you along the Arroyo Seco Parkway.
View Enlarged Image This map will help guide you along the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

Dedicated on December 30, 1940, the Arroyo Seco Parkway (also called the Pasadena Freeway or California State Route 110) connects Los Angeles and Pasadena through the historic Arts and Crafts landscape of the Arroyo Seco. The studios and workshops of these turn-of-the-19th-century artists and crafters dotted the banks of this intermittent river.

Today, the area's natural and built environment form a seamless cultural landscape, strongly associated with the Arts and Crafts era, that continues to inspire generations.

Conceived in the parkway tradition with its gentle curves, lush landscape, and scenic vistas, the parkway also incorporated modern elements that laid the groundwork for the California freeway system.

Combining ideas reminiscent of the older parkway tradition with those of modern freeway design, the Arroyo Seco Parkway was the first divided-lane, high-speed, limited-access road in the urban western United States. The parkway was envisioned both as a scenic pleasure road traversing the Arroyo Seco and as a vital traffic conduit linking the expanding cities of Pasadena and Los Angeles.

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