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Reagan Library: They Don't Stop Democrats at the Door

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My folks are Republicans. I am not. On a recent visit from the East Coast, they wanted to go to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. I kinda didn't. But since they were only in town for a few days -- to see me and I wanted to spend time with them -- I put our political differences aside and drove them out to Simi Valley (via the 118 -- the Ronald Regan Freeway).

I had a better time than I expected. Seeing a president's propaganda history preserved was pretty cool. (They really gloss over Iran-Contra and his House Un-American Activities Committee participation.) But the grounds were cool, and the library houses a retired Air Force One and Marine One in a hangar. Visitors get to go inside Air Force One, which was the highlight of the day.

If you're interested in visiting, head to:
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley

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Regular admission is $12 and it's open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day of the week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Along the way, I captured a few other photos for your enjoyment: