What do you think is most important when you take a family vacation? Last summer we took a road trip through California, Nevada and Arizona that lasted 13 days and over 2,300 miles. One of the most important things for us is the opportunity to have a wide range of experiences and make memories that will last a lifetime. We spent 4 days just north of Los Angeles in the Conejo Valley area and packed in some amazing family adventures. If you are planning a trip to the LA area, then I’ve got some great destinations and tips for your vacation to Southern California.
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Family Adventures in Conejo Valley
The first question most people have is “Where is Conejo Valley?” Located less than 30 minutes from the beaches of Malibu and 45 minutes from Los Angeles, Conejo Valley is the home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, site where they filmed M*A*S*H and of course some of the best restaurants in the state.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
There are 14 Presidential Libraries and we have now been to 5 of them. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is located at the top of a hill with a beautiful view of the valley below. You have the opportunity to walk through his actual Air Force One and visit an exact replica of the White House Oval Office.
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, California 93065
If hiking is your thing, Conejo Valley offers many different trails, sightseeing hikes and waterfalls. But there is one thing that really caught our attention months before we even arrived in Conejo Valley. Our parents and grandparents watched the classic TV series M*A*S*H and a few months ago we started watching the show from Season 1. The opportunity to hike out to the location where they filmed the show was something we couldn’t pass up.
1925 Las Virgenes Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
Less than 30 minutes from Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills are some of the most beautiful beaches to explore with kids. We spent some time at Leo Carrillo State Park and El Matador State Beach. It was such a fun experience looking for the sea creatures in the tide pools and climbing through the giant rock arches at El Matador State Beach!
32350 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
It’s not every day you get to walk down the street of an actual movie set. This real-life motion picture set is changed slightly with each production and has been used in many favorite television shows and movies. First used in the early 1920’s, Paramount Ranch has been used by movies makers for films starring Bob Hope, Sandra Bullock, Gary Cooper and more. You might recognize the set from shows like Westworld, The Mentalist, Weeds and of course Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.
Paramount Ranch Rd & Cornell Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
One of the most iconic attractions of the Los Angeles area is the Hollywood sign. When you stay in Conejo Valley, you’re only 30 minutes away from the most amazing overlook of the city of Los Angeles and surrounding area.
Have you ever been to the cities in the Conejo Valley? Whether you are staying in Thousand Oaks or Agoura Hills, you are only a few miles from all the great destinations in Southern California. What is your favorite thing to experience in the area? I’d love to hear!
Find Conejo Valley
600 Hampshire Road, Suite 200
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Interested in a tour of an old western boom town only three hours from Conejo Valley? Check out the Calico Ghost Town experience!