Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Simi Valley is home to this remarkable California 20th century folk art installation. Building of the village began in 1956, by Tressa Prisbey, who was nearly 60 years old at the time.
Simi Valley Transit offers a bus service that can bring you to all the local hot spots with ease. Each bus also has a bike rack so it’s possible to spend the day out and about cycling on your own schedule and still hitch a ride home at the end of the day. Simi Valley is just outside of LA, so even though the city doesn’t have its own airport, there are plenty of smaller, local airports as well as the Los Angeles International Airport to help you reach your out of town destinations.
<p>Completed in 1991, Simi Valley's Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs is the library and resting place of the former president, and the largest of all the twelve federally funded presidential libraries. A repository for the records of Reagan's administration, the library holds over 50 million pages of presidential documents, 1.6 million photos, over a half-million feet of motion picture film, and tens of thousands of audio and video tapes. The rotating and permanent public exhibits showcase the life of the president, including a full-scale replica of the Oval Office. The library has also played host to events like Reagan's funeral in 2004 and the first presidential candidate debate of the 2008 primaries.</p>
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village
<p>Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village is often simply just shortened to the 'Bottle Village'. The Bottle Village has been around since the 1950s, and is a collection of shrines, sculptures, and even buildings that have all been created from the use of recycled items such as bottles, cans, and other assorted items found in local landfills and trash bins. The Bottle Village has been listed as a California Historical Landmark, and in 1996 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Local artists have built pieces with recycled items and placed them in the village for local viewing and enjoyment.</p>
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
<p>The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs is former President Ronald Reagan's official Presidential Library, and is unique among Presidential Libraries in that it is also the final resting place of the President. Located in Simi Valley, the library has been in existence since 1988, and allows tourists and visitors access to its exhibits for a small fee. ItÕs open every day, and has over 80,000 different artifacts and pieces from the Reagan Library National Achieves. It hosted President ReaganÕs funeral in 2004, where world leaders came en masse.</p>