California Vacation Ideas for Simi Valley

California Vacation Ideas for Simi Valley
The No. 1 thing to do in Simi Valley, California, is visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, which also includes the Air Force One Pavilion. Located on the crest of a rolling hill with beautiful views in every direction, the library is absolutely worth the trip, whether you are a Reagan fan or not. Besides experiencing this little slice of presidential history, Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles, has myriad parks with hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District oversees a series of local parks and trails, most offering easy to moderate hikes. The valley provides some pretty views, though the area is often dry.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

The biggest draw is the Air Force One Pavilion, where visitors can walk through the former president's airplane as well as see Marine One and many of the Secret Service vehicles used during the Reagan years. This is the only presidential library to have these aircraft available for visitors to view. The library also has a replica of Reagan's Oval Office as well as short films about his presidency.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 522-2977
reaganlibrary.com

Underwood Family Farms

You won't have a better meal than one that begins with fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. The Underwood Family Farms, a fully working farm, grows everything from peas and zucchini to peaches and strawberries. During certain times of year, there are hayrides and festivals on the property. Kids can also ride ponies, feed goats, climb on bales of hay or ride a small train.

Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 529-3690
underwoodfamilyfarms.com

Long Canyon Trail

The Long Canyon Trail, which begins at the west end of the valley, is wide, and hikers will enjoy the shaded creek and views of the valley. If you want to extend this hike, connect at the Albertson Fire Road with the China Flat/Simi Peak Trail, which is a little more challenging, but offers a great picnic area at China Flat and a big view of the area from the top.

Long Canyon Trail
Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway
Simi Valley, CA

Rocky Creek Park

Located on the east side of the valley, Rocky Creek Park is the start to many great hikes, including the Rocky Creek Park Trail, the Chumash Trail and the Hummingbird Trail. Trails in this park are well-marked and moderate, with few difficult climbs. There are sandstone formations, creeks and stands of oak trees throughout the area. While not an urban hike, you may not completely lose the freeway noise while hiking.

Rocky Creek Park
Santa Susana Pass Road
Simi Valley, CA

Corriganville Park

For a chance to see yourself in the wild, wild west, try a hike from Corriganville Park on the west side of the valley. The park, formerly the Corriganville Movie Ranch, was used by television and film studios as the backdrop for countless westerns and the television shows "Lassie" and the "Lone Ranger." The City of Simi Valley purchased the land in 1988 and opened it as a park. Hikes in the park are well-marked and hikers may explore caves, dip in a creek or hike the canyons. Horse trails are also available.

Corriganville Park
Smith Road east of Kuehner
Simi Valley, CA

Article Written By J.D. Chi

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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