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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Yesterday my parents and I visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. It was a perfect day outside, and there were gorgeous views of the valley below as we drove up to the Library site.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Library contains over 100,000 square feet of exhibits and galleries, and is housed in a beautiful ranch-style building. It feels like you are at a retreat!

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Mr. President was there to greet us at the entrance.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cue the obligatory photo with the President and First Lady. Had to be done.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Library guides you through the entirety of Reagan’s life, from his humble beginnings up to the end of his life. It is an extremely informative and interesting museum.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Throughout their marriage, Reagan sent Nancy over 700 love letters, notes, telegrams and cards, many of which are on display at the Library. They are wonderful and touching to read.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Library has a replica of Reagan’s oval office, which was really neat to see.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I also loved the selection of Nancy Reagan’s wardrobe. She was so stylish!

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Air Force One Pavilion was my favorite part of the Library. This Boeing 707 became Air Force One in February of 1973, and transported 7 U.S. Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and the second Bush, until its retirement in September of 2001. This plane flew Reagan over 660,000 miles – to 26 foreign countries and 46 U.S. states.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Visitors can walk through the interior of the plane. It looks very dated now, but is so interesting to see!

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The design of the Air Force One Pavilion is absolutely beautiful, with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Pavilion also houses a collection of presidential motorcade vehicles.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

This 1983 Cadillac presidential parade limousine joined President Reagan’s motorcade detail in January of 1984.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Here’s the Marine One used by Reagan, which you can also walk through!

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Don’t leave the Air Force One Pavilion without first stepping out onto the terrace. The views won’t disappoint!

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

After a short break, we walked through the remainder of the Library, which houses exhibits from Reagan’s later years.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

You can even take a leisurely horseback ride with the President!

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Even Dad joined in on the fun.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

At the end of the tour, we explored the backyard of the Library.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

A section of the Berlin wall is housed outside.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

This is where Reagan is buried.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Regardless of your political views, and whether you liked or disliked this president, the Reagan Library is such an interesting and informative place to visit, and the Air Force One Pavilion is worth a visit alone!

~S

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