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Thousand Oaks is a large Ventura County city that combines modern amenities with scenic escapes. It has all the convenience of a modern city, with shopping malls, movie theaters and accommodation, plus it’s close to the metropolis of Los Angeles.

Rent a car through Orbitz in Thousand Oaks, however, to discover a city where nature still rules. Drive around the city to find wide open spaces, including the wildlife refuge by Lake Eleanor Sentinel, and the untouched landscapes of Conejo Ridge. A botanical garden offers tranquility surrounded by tropical plants, while the Arroyo Conejo Open Space features canyon trails and waterfalls.


Thousand Oaks and beyond: Beaches and bright lights

From your base in Thousand Oaks, you can visit neighborhoods in LA County and scenic points along the coastline. Here are just three of many destinations you can reach in your rental car.

Point Mugu

Some of California’s dramatic coastal scenery lies just a short distance away from Thousand Oaks. Point Mugu State Park is shaped by sand dunes, beaches, hills and more. Come here for hiking trails, and bring your camera to take photos of the stunning scenery. For the best views, head to the Boney Mountain State Wilderness Area. Visit in spring to see wildflowers blooming by the ocean.

Journey time: Around 45 minutes

Distance: Approximately 20 miles

North Hollywood

If Hollywood is famed for cinema, then its northern neighbor is known for its buzzing theater scene. Spend an evening here and choose from over 20 performing arts venues in this compact, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. The town center is only about a square mile, so all of the terrific theaters are in close proximity to one another, and they promise hours of entertainment.

Journey time: Around 50 minutes

Distance: Approximately 30 miles

Downtown LA

The heart of Los Angeles lies beneath the glistening skyscrapers and dense road networks of its Downtown district. Here you’ll find concert halls, the spacious plaza of Grand Park surrounded by historic buildings, and an array of terrific museums. Listen to performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, or wander the hallways of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes

Distance: Approximately 45 miles