Seniors Visit Alhambra

unknownSenior travelers will locate Alhambra in the western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, approximately eight miles from the Downtown Los Angeles civic center. It was incorporated on July 11, 1903. The population runs right at 84,000.

Alhambra’s roots begin with the San Gabriel Mission, founded on September 8, 1771, and the native people, Tongva, who inhabited the area before the arrival of the Spanish. The land that would later become Alhambra was part of a 300,000 acre land grant given to Manuel Nieto by the Spanish.

The city was named after “The Tales of the Alhambra” by Washington Irving. Although its early history reflects a heavy Spanish influence, today’s Alhambra is comprised of a wide range of ethnic groups and its businesses have strong ties to international commerce.


 Seniors Help Celebrate Chinese New Year

Since the 1970s and 1980s, the city’s proximity to the heavily Asian-American Monterey Park has attracted many East Asian immigrants, and present-day Alhambra includes a very active Chinese business district. The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America has its headquarters in Alhambra.

Some of the local attractions that senior visitors can enjoy are the Burke Heritage Park, Alhambra Historical Museum, and Shorb Garden. Alhambra also hosts jointly with the city of San Gabriel, the annual San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, which celebrates the Chinese New Year.

Today, the city has some of the best educational institutions in the nation like California Institute of Technology, California State University and nearby Pasadena City College.


Planet Den Travel Tidbits wants senior visitors to experience “The Majesty of Alhambra City.” Read about the inviting warm climate and note that they say  that the best time of the year to pay a visit is during the spring season.

Seniors Can Choose Between Beach and Mountain Resorts

The Rose Bowl Stadium is in the adjacent city of Pasadena (about 4 miles from Alhambra). Best-known for its hosting of the annual Rose Bowl, the oldest and most famous of all the post-season college football bowl games, the stadium has also hosted the NFL Super Bowl five times, as well as the FIFA (soccer) World Cup finals for both men and women.


Alhambra’s location affords easy access to numerous beach and mountain resorts, as well as major Southern California attractions. And, senior travelers, after your visit to Alhambra, California, next plan a visit to The Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex of the Moorish monarchs, located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

It is said to be Europe’s most impressive and awe-inspiring heritage destination. I loved it. The name Alhambra, signifying in Arabic “the red,” is probably derived from the color of the sun-dried tapia, bricks made of fine gravel and clay, of which the outer walls are built. Seniors, you will heartily enjoy both Alhambras.  -jeb



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