The California Bucket List: Your daily guide to the best adventures and experiences in the Golden State

4. Cruise Ventura Boulevard

There's no sense fighting car culture, so you may as well embrace the boulevard. It carries the Valley's commercial lifeblood, and without it, the stars from up the hill would have no place to take their dry cleaning or get their poodles permed. Start at its southeast end in Studio City, aim toward Tarzana, an upscale hillside community that began with the arrival in 1919 of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs. Check out the big digits at Hand Car Wash (11514 Ventura Blvd.); the spate of sushi restaurants between Vineland Avenue and Laurel Canyon Boulevard; the 24-hour Du-par's coffee shop (12036 Ventura Blvd.); the 24-hour Twain's coffee shop (at 12905); the highly walkable stretches near Vantage and Whitsett and Cedros avenues; the fountain of the Sherman Oaks Galleria mall (at 15301). Pictured: Hand Car Wash
Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times
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