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Simi Valley is a city outside of LA, where urban development starts fading and California’s dramatic wildernesses begin to take over. That’s why it’s a popular destination with outdoors enthusiasts, who come to hike through the canyons of Santa Susana or Las Virgenes. The town is also home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, which tells the story of Reagan’s time in office.
Dramatic scenery awaits visitors to Simi Valley. Rent a car through Orbitz here to travel into the Los Padres National Forest, or to drive across the desert. A car also allows you trips into the dazzling city of LA.
Echoes of the Wild West, both real and imagined, hide in the hills and mountains around Simi Valley. Here are three destinations with a western theme to visit in your rental car.
This dramatic patch of wilderness to the north of Malibu was once used by film studios as settings for films such as M.A.S.H., Planet of the Apes, and parts of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. One of the highlights near the park is Paramount Ranch, a set from old westerns situated in tranquil scenery. Although some film sets in Malibu Creek were burned during 2018 wildfires, the landscape still retains its cowboy charm.
Journey time: Around 30 minutes
Distance: Approximately 20 miles
In the foothills of Los Padres National Forest, the rare American condor swoops overhead in this atmospheric sanctuary. The rolling scrubland here has a wild, cinematic beauty about it. Join one of the hiking trails to experience it on foot, or follow the dusty roads up into the wilderness. Bring your binoculars to spy these huge birds circling over the hills.
Journey time: Around one hour
Distance: Approximately 25 miles
Hollywood transports you behind the magic of movie-making. This iconic neighborhood hosts numerous movie studios, who offer tours of their lots so you can see films being made in real time. Tours often roll through old western sets, now rarely used. Nearby Universal Studios also includes stunt shows, allowing you to see good, old-fashioned action sequences play out in front of your eyes.
Journey time: Around 40 minutes
Distance: Approximately 35 miles