My Valley Pass’ Top 5 Places To Visit In The (818)

My Valley Pass, the San Fernando Valley’s #1 Visitors’ Guide, shares with us their top five destinations in the San Fernando Valley.  The My Valley Pass team, led by Oscar Urrutia, strives to make the San Fernando Valley a destination spot through organizing various events such as Movies On Location, and tours like The San Fernando Film Tour, The San Fernando Valley Brewery & Retro Trivia Tour, The San Fernando Valley Restaurant Tour, and The San Fernando Valley Bizarre Tour.  In the past couple of months, they revamped their website to include a one-stop shop for all the San Fernando Valley gear by notable locals:  VLY GRL, The Great 818ers, Valley Girl Apothecary, and the 818 Lifestyle.

Visit their website at myvalleypass.com and follow them on Instagram @myvalleypass.

Check out their TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY:

#1 Valley Relics Museum, Lake Balboa

818 native, Tommy Gelinas, wanted to preserve the history of the San Fernando Valley in his own unique way, rescuing bits and pieces of his home.  There are over 20,000 items in his collection spanning from the 1800s to present.  Some notable items are the original signage for the Palmino Club, the Tiffany Theatre, and a collection of 150 BMX bikes circa 1970 – 1980, manufactured in the San Fernando Valley.  Opened to the public in 2013, it was originally located in Chatsworth but the ever-expanding collection needed more space to be showcased and shared to the museum’s visitors.  In 2018, the Valley Relics Museum moved to their current location at Lake Balboa. 

For more information, visit their website:  valleyrelicsmuseum.org

Location:  7900 Balboa Blvd, Hangar 3 & 4, Lake Balboa 91406

Hours of Operation:  Saturday and Sunday 11am -4pm 

#2 San Fernando Mission (Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana), Mission Hills

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana is the 17th of the 21 Spanish missions established in Alta California. It was founded by Father Fermin Lasuen on September 8, 1797 and is located in Mission Hills. 

More information is available on their website:  missioncalifornia.com/san-fernando-rey-de-espana-mission

Location: 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Mission Hills 91345

Hours of Operation:  9AM – 4:30PM DAILY

#3 Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Burbank

Photo Credit: WB website

Take a tour and explore one of the busiest studios in Los Angeles, conveniently located in the San Fernando Valley!  You get to experience DC Super Heroes and Super Villains, the Central Perk Café from FRIENDS, and even some Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts magic.  During the holidays, the tour includes a trip to Stars Hollow, home of the Gilmore Girls!  Tours usually last around 3 hours depending on the package you purchase.

For more information, visit www.wbstudiotour.com

Location:  3400 Warner Blvd., Burbank 91505

Hours of Operation:  Weekends 9AM – 3:30PM

#4 Nethercutt Museum, Sylmar

Photo Credit: Nethercutt Museum

Founded and established in 1972 by J.B Nethercutt, co-founder of Merle Norman Cosmetics, entrepreneur and car collected, the Nethercutt Museum houses over 250 American and European automobiles dating back from 1898 to 1997.  Also in their collection are nickelodeons, antique mechanical music boxes, dolls, coins, crystal figurines, and David Winter Cottages.  The museum’s Grand Salon—with its marble columns, crystal chandeliers and painted ceiling–reflect the grandeur of the 1910’s, 20’s and 30’s and showcase about 30 of the finest automobiles of that era.

Currently closed to the public, visit nethercuttcollection.org for more information and updates regarding the museum opening.

Location: 15151 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar 91342

#5 Galpin Auto Sports, Van Nuys

Housed inside the Galpin Ford Dealership in Van Nuys, Galpin Auto Sports (aka GAS) is an automotive custom shop with a garage full of customized cars.  Unlike your ordinary dealership, GAS creates cars from the imaginations of their customers.  Their motto: “If you can dream it, we can build it.”  Launched in 2006 by owner Bert Boeckman’s son, Beau, this branch of the dealership has a showroom called The Collection, with a multitude of custom-built cars on display, honoring the company’s storied history.

Visit their website for more information:  galpinatuosports.com

Location:  15600 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys 91406

Hours of Operation:  Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm.

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