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4. Cruise Ventura Boulevard

The Galleria has been so thoroughly updated that it looks nothing like it did in the early '80s, when Frank and Moon Unit Zappa drew inspiration for their song "Valley Girl." You'll also pass Van Nuys Boulevard, which was a big-time teen cruising scene in the '60s and '70s before police put a stop to it. (Now there are classic-car cruising nights on the second Wednesday of every month.) To top off the journey, tip your cap at 18354 Ventura Blvd., the offices of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. It was here, under a walnut tree, that the author's family scattered his ashes in 1950. (A Burroughs office staffer notes, "We have had a lot of landscaping done in the meantime.") Pictured: Sherman Oaks Galleria mall
Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times
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