A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit my cousins in Los Angeles. I love going out to LA (I oftentimes joke that I’ll be back with a moving truck next time). This past summer, I lived with my cousins for a few weeks while I nannied their newborn daughter, but this trip was for pleasure.
I’ve visited Los Angeles several times, so I skipped much of the mainstream touristy experience of this trip (although I think that everyone should go on a tacky Hollywood tour at least once in their lives). My first stop was the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Now, I had never been to a presidential library before, so I didn’t have much to compare it to, but the view alone was nothing to disappoint. I had seen videos of the library location on the news during Nancy Reagan’s funeral, but I was utterly mesmerized by the beautiful mountains of Simi Valley.

In addition to a collection of medals, letters, and clothing memorializing his presidency, the museum also included a tour of Airforce One and a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Outside, you can honor Ronald and Nancy Reagan where they were laid to rest.

The trip is well worth the drive if you are staying in the Los Angeles area, and the museum can be seen in 3-4 hours if you stop to read all of the material. I highly recommend making the drive to Malibu afterwards, as it is only about 20 minutes over the mountains and the drive will not disappoint you.
Have you visited Simi Valley? What was your experience like? Tell me about it in the comments below!
Danielle Guy