Simi Valley Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
    The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
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Simi Valley Things to Do

  • The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

    Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and museum. The library was dedicated by five American presidents in 1991. The library holds extensive archives of the presidential history of the United States: documents and photographs that hold both patriotic and sentimental value. I was honored to have visited this library not too long after the death of...

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  • Ronald Regan Presidential Library and...

    Gosh, I was never so impressed by such a museum other than the ones in DC. Yet, this one wowed me! It's so interesting to see what a president accumulates by given so many gifts by so many dignitaries from all over the world. It was fascinating to see what was put in archives for the public to see. I truly appreciate the time in effort in how the...

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  • Air Force One Pavilion

    I was in awe struck when I saw this in person and my boys could not wait to touch it and go inside it. They couldn't had designed this exhibit any better than they did. They not only had Air Force one, but all the neat vehicles that assisted the President to and from many destinations. Ronald Regan had hoped he might be able to share this...

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  • Temporary Exhibits

    Nancy Reagan was to me one of the most elegant first ladies of the white house. -- A First Lady's duty was to serve as hostess and ambassador, public servant, spokesperson and as always the loyal caring wife. Many of the dresses are on display spanning over fifty years. I knew she was tiny, but not this tiny. They all are so lovely. Designs by...

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  • Presidential Gifts

    I was impressed with all the wonderful presidential gifts. I had no idea how many these dignitaries probably collect during the presidency. President Regan’s presidency was no exception. He received approximately 100,000 gifts, not including plants, flowers, and items of food or drink. Yet, a president only accepts them on behalf of the United...

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  • Presidential Motorcade & Marine One

    These were his actual presidential limousines and secret service suburban’s now an important part of the museums exhibit of presidential motorcades.Make sure you checkout the actual Marine One helicopter that flew President Johnson.

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  • BERLIN WALL

    As you walk from the back of the museum to the garden area, you will see a piece of the Berlin Wall. The Wall came down on November 9, 1989. This 6,338 pound, 9 ½ foot tall piece of the Berlin Wall was donated to the museum on April 12, 1990 with President Regan in attendance. "Do Soviet leaders want to be remembered for a prison wall, ringed with...

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  • MEMORIAL

    This is a beautiful memorial is in honor of the passing of our 40th President Ronald Regan on June 5, 2004. President Ronald Reagan was laid to rest at the Reagan Library on June 11, 2004. This memorial is made of granite and has the following inscription:"I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph and...

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  • The President’s Residences

    The White House is the setting for elegant state dinners and other ceremonial events as well as the president’s home. Both the pomp and circumstance and the routine of daily life in the private quarters are represented. Yet, there is so much more to this wonderful museum. There are many other exhibits of his presidential retreat in Maryland, Camp...

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  • The Oval Office

    This replica is an actual size of the Ronald Reagan’s Oval Office during his administration and decorated to his American Western taste.The desk was made from the timbers of the H.M.S. Resolute, an abandoned British ship discovered by an American vessel and returned to the Queen of England as a token of friendship and goodwill, it was commissioned...

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  • Citizen Governor Gallery

    Represent the period in Regan’s career when he was going to run as Governor and then in the future for President. His speech during a nationally televised speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s bid for the White House, his message a “rendezvous with destiny” paved the way for his own political career. Regan became governor of California in 1966 for...

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  • Early Years Gallery

    Called “Dutch” during President Reagan’s youth while growing up in Dixon, Illinois, his college days, and a lively career first in radio broadcasting and then in Hollywood come alive through artifacts, images, and audio visual presentations.

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  • Launch Theater

    This neat little theatre provides highlight of Ronald Wilson Reagan’s life from his childhood through the opening of the Library and Museum. The video clips and the president’s personal recollections introduce the exhibits that follow. As you can see, my son Nate just loves movies, so he actually sat for sometime watching the video clips.

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  • The McGovern Gallery of Presidents

    This wonderful gallery is called the John P. McGovern, M.D. Gallery of Presidents. It illustrates some of the history of the American presidency from George Washington to now. The portraits are only reproductions from the White House Historical Association, political campaign material, and significant documents such as a rare 1823 copy of the...

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  • Rocky Peak

    Rocky Peak Fire Road leads deep into the hills with a lot of excellent views. It later joins up with other fire roads, so if for some reason you wanted to, you could probably keep walking and cross a significant section of California. The road is pretty wide, but you can't drive on it. People generally walk or bike, and I've seen some masochists...

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  • Not just any ordinary pub~

    This is an actual Irish pub from Ballyporeen. President Regan visited Ireland during one of his diplomatic trip in 1984 which now serves as the Library’s snack shop.

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  • Eat lunch with the President!

    What is nice about this museum, there are two cafe's. The Reagan Country Café is accessible to the general public without having to enter the museum and it have a lovely view to the Pacific Ocean. Located on the west side. Hours of Operation: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Sunday-Saturday(seven days a week) The other is the Air Force One Café, which is located...

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  • Great Food-Yum!

    A great place to eat and I loved the decor too! The waiters/waitresses were wonderful and friendly and so nice to the boys. We all had our typical Hamburgers and chicken tenders with fries. I usually stick with that when I am not sure about the rest of the menu. It was all good!Open Daily at 11:30amClosed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day!

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Simi Valley Nightlife

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    by Yubert Written Oct 4, 2002

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    We spotted some evidence of a wild nightlife!!
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    At night the wild life comes out and hunt for their prey. The look like cougar or mountain lion tracks.

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Simi Valley Transportation

  • Simi Valley Car Wash

    For those passing through with a dirty car. For under $11, they thoroughly vacuumed the inside (but not the trunk) and washed the outside. For an additional $2, they put on a layer of sealer wax and left a mild scent (Hester chose jasmine). They also had some really nice candy for $1.2068 Tapo St. If you take the Tapo Canyon Rd. exit, Tapo St. is...

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  • Amtrak

    Coming from afar, Amtrak is the best bet to be dropped off right in Simi Valley. The Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner both stop here. Make sure someone picks you up from the station unless you have a car parked there. There's nothing at all at the Simi station, and little close by.

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  • From either the 5 or 405...

    From either the 5 or 405 freeways, take the 118 freeway going west. Takethe Rocky Peak exit and turn left, cross the freeway overpass and park on the side of the road.

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Simi Valley Shopping

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    by Yaqui Updated Jun 19, 2009

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    Neat store and priced reasonable too! I bought postcards of course, glasses and T-shirts for the boys. Lots of interesting stuff to chose from!

    Nate having fun! The store just to the left.
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Simi Valley Warnings and Dangers

  • Wild Animals

    Watch out for rattlesnakes. Watch out for mountain lions. Don't panic about them. Just be smart. No one wants to get into a fight with a human, and you'll just about always be left alone unless you do something completely idiotic.Lemme just talk about the two particular ones I mentioned.A rattlesnake will generally just sit there when it sees you....

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  • Bad Drivers

    I live in Simi Valley and our freeway is one of the ways to get from Ventura to Los Angeles or vice a versa. Every day some of the worst drivers in the world pass through here. sometimes it's faster just to drive the city streets not to mention less stressfull. Ahh the 118 fwy home of cellphone yappers, ladies putting on make up and people driving...

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  • As I mentioned elsewhere, it's...

    As I mentioned elsewhere, it's real windy at the top so you better watch your step and brace yourself for the occasional gust of wind that appeared to reach 90mph. Otherwise you might get blown over and really hurt yourself or worse!

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Simi Valley Off The Beaten Path

  • Box Canyon Road

    This is the first place where I ventured into the hills. There are places to pull off, but there aren't any trails. You're on your own. Great for explorers.

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  • Here's a view Rocky Peak. ...

    Here's a view Rocky Peak. From high atop this peak, one can see the San Fernando and Simi Valleys.The day I was here, there were severe Santa Ana winds gusting up to 80 miles in the canyon passes. But high atop this peak, the winds seemed to be blowing at least 80 and with gusts up to 90 miles. Because of the high wonds, it was dangerous to stand...

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  • My neighborhood is in the...

    My neighborhood is in the hills and there are many hiking trails where you can mountain bike or just take a good, long hike through the mountains. All the trails are well maintained and marked by the city so they're in great condition.

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  • Yubert's General Tip

    The wind at the top of Rocky Peak was blowing between 80 to 90 mph. As you can see from this picture, we're leaning into the wind, otherwise we would have been blown over the top!This place should have been called Windy Peak.

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