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Thousand Oaks

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Thousand Oaks is a city in Ventura County in Southern California. It is the largest city in the Conejo Valley, which it shares with Agoura Hills and Westlake Village. Newbury Park on the west and Oak Park on the east are districts of Thousand Oaks.

Travel Warning WARNING: 10 November 2018: Wild fires are encroaching on the city and residents have been asked to evacuate. Neither the city nor the surrounding area are safe to visit.

Get in[edit]

Thousand Oaks is best accessible by automobile. It sits at the junction of the California Route 23 and United States Route 101 Freeways. The 101 connects to the San Fernando Valley through Agoura Hills. On the west, it crosses the conejo grade and connects on to western Ventura County and points along the Central Coast. The freeway portion of the 23 travels north to Simi Valley and Moorpark.

The Conejo Valley is also connected to points west and south through several scenic canyon roads through the Santa Monica Mountains. The Oxnard Plain can be reached on Potrero Road, which twists and turns through a steep ravine to emerge near California State University Channel Islands (Formerly Camarillo State Mental Hospital). Visitors can reach Malibu and the Pacific Ocean by Westlake Boulevard (designated as the southern portion of California 23). These roads can provide stunning vistas, and are frequented by bicyclists, motorcycle and car clubs, and the occasional group of joyriding teenagers, so visitors are advised to be aware of their surroundings, share the road, and exercise caution.

Airports in close proximity to Thousand Oaks are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. There are also small public airports in Camarillo, Oxnard, and Santa Paula, but these are general aviation only and offer no commercial service.

Get around[edit]

Like much of suburban California, Thousand Oaks is designed around travel by car, and walking or biking can be difficult or even hazardous due to traffic. Some of the primary retail and commercial streets do have dedicated bike lanes, however.

Public transit options are minimal, but Thousand Oaks does offer the TOT busline, but service is sporadic and runs only every hour to hour-and-a-half. The western terminus of Los Angeles County's LA Metro bus #161, connects from the Metro Orange Line stop at Warner Center in the San Fernando Valley at the Thousand Oaks Transit center just west of the southbound US-101 Rancho Road exit.

See[edit]

  • 1 Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd (across from the Civic Arts Plaza), +1 805 557-1135, fax: +1 805 777-1006, e-mail: . Tu-Su 9AM-5PM. Closed Mondays, most national holidays and bad weather. Beautiful gardens including a Japanese and an Italian garden. Special events throughout the year. Docent guided tours available.
  • 2 Chumash Indian Museum (Chumash Village), 3290 Lang Ranch Parkway, +1 805-492-8076, e-mail: . Thus-Sun 12:pm-5pm. Adults $5.00 (individually) Family $10.00 (up to 5 people) Seniors $3.00, Children $3.00 (0-12 years old).
  • 3 Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 South Ventu Park Rd. It was the first post office in the region in the 1800s. The original building was moved for the 101 freeway to be built, then later it burnt down and the current is a perfect replica. During Fourth of July, locals set up camp here to watch fireworks so be there a couple of hours early if you want a spot.
  • 4 Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 East Thousand Oaks Blvd, +1 805 449-2787, e-mail: . Multi-theatre complex showing world class entertainment.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Conejo Valley Days (23 Freeway exit Janns Road, follow signs), +1 805 371-8730. Early May. Annual festival celebrating the heritage of the region with live entertainment, a chili cook-off and a fair.
  • The Santa Monica Mountains south of Newbury Park offer some beautiful hiking trails. Access is located at the end of Lynn Road.
  • Two Winds Ranch on Reino Road offers horseback riding, with both regular lessons and day rides on the trails in the mountains.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 The Oaks Mall, 222 West Hillcrest Dr (Hillcrest Drive west of Moorpark Road), +1 805 495-4628. M – F 10AM to 9PM, Sa 10AM to 8PM, Su 11AM to 7PM. Shopping mall anchored by Macy's, JC Penny's and Nordstrom (Opening 2008). Restaurants include Cheesecake Factory, Sisley Italian Restaurant, Johnny Rockets and smaller food outlets.
  • 2 Janss Marketplace, 275 North Moorpark Rd. Suite E (corner of Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive), +1 805 495-4662. Outdoor shopping center which includes an Old Navy, restaurants and a movie theatre.
  • 3 The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, 2200 East Thousand Oaks Blvd (intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Conejo School Road), +1 805 497-9861. Outdoor shopping center which includes an Claim Jumper and California Pizza Kitchen.

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Alamo Bar & Grill, 2311 Borchard Rd., +1 805 498-3115. A Mexican restaurant with an attached bar. Great happy hours; cheap margaritas, well drinks and free appetizers. Go outside and get their $1.25 bean and cheese burritos, they are legendary.
  • 2 Baja Fresh, 595 N. Moorpark Rd.. The first of many of the ubiquitous Southern Californian Mexican restaurants was founded in Newbury Park in 1990. Though the original Store #1 has since closed, the chain has expanded to nearly 250 locations.
  • 3 Country Harvest, 3345 W. Kimber Dr., +1 805 375-4598.
  • 4 Letty's Mexican Restaurant, 2454 W. Hillcrest Dr.. Tucked in the corner of a lone mini-mall in an out-of-the-way section of Hillcrest Drive, featuring authentic Mexican fare. Prices are budget-friendly and portion sizes are more than ample.
  • 5 Rave Organics, 520 N Ventu Park Rd #140, Newbury Park, CA, +1 805 586-3325.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Camarillo. A quiet bedroom community living alongside one of the largest factory outlet complexes in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Los Angeles. Visit the de facto home of the entertainment industry, and the largest city in the western United States. L.A. is an enormous city with an extremely varied geography.
  • Malibu. An exclusive coastal community and home to the rich and famous, and features miles of beautiful public beaches.
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Known as "Los Angeles' Backyard" this national park contains both the mountains and the beaches.
Routes through Thousand Oaks
Santa BarbaraCamarillo  N US 101.svg S  Agoura HillsLos Angeles
FillmoreSimi Valley  N California 23.svg S  Santa Monica Mountains N.R.A.Malibu


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