Board Air Force One without Having to Be President
At Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, you can tour Air Force One and see a full-sized reproduction of the Oval Office as it was when President Reagan occupied the White House. Fuel up at the cafe or pub on site, so mealtime doesn’t cut into your time touring the interactive exhibits.
Sip Wine on a Safari
For one of the most unique wine tasting experiences ever, ride in an open-air safari vehicle on a Malibu Wine Safari at the 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch. You’ll stop several times to taste local wines, take in the rolling hill views and see wildlife like zebras, camels and alpacas. If you opt for the giraffe tour, you can meet Stanley, a retired giraffe actor.
Explore King Gillette Ranch
Discover nature, cultural history and more on this sprawling 588-acre ranch once owned by the razor magnate King Gillette. Gillette hired California architect Wallace Neff during the 1920s to design this gorgeous estate. Neff was a giant among architects who created “California” style, a distinctive architectural style inspired by Spanish and Mediterranean architecture. Stop by the Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center to learn more. Then, take a short steep hike up to Inspiration Point for 360-degree views of the area.
Hike at Circle X Ranch
Above Malibu, visit a national park site located in the midst of a stunning coastal Mediterranean ecosystem. Get great views of Carlisle Canyon and the striking Balanced Rock along the Mishe Mokwa Trail to Split Rock. This moderate, 3.5-mile round-trip hike that leaves from Circle X Trailhead passes through coastal sage scrub, chaparral and Split Rock’s oak grove, which offers shade for resting and eating lunch.
Follow in the Path of the Stars
Hike in Malibu Creek State Park, once owned by 20th Century Fox Studios, and visit the sites where Planet of the Apes (1968) and M*A*S*H (1972-83) were filmed. Take a photo next to the M*A*S*H truck and picnic in the former mess hall spot where Hawkeye (played by Alan Alda) and his crew ate.
See Hollywood Sets without the Crowds
Visit a real-life motion picture set at Paramount Ranch with none of the crowds congregating at Universal Studios. Part of the National Park Service, this ranch has served as the backdrop for movies like The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock (2006) and TV shows like Westworld, Weeds and The Mentalist.
Unfortunately, many of the structures were destroyed when the Woosley Fire tore through the area in late 2018. The white chapel and train station, both of which appeared in the HBO series Westworld, did survive the fire. Today, most park trails are open. The Santa Monica Mountain Fund, a nonprofit that supports the park, plans to rebuild within the next two years.
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