Ventura is located 68 miles north of LAX on Highway 101. Amtrak service is available at the Ventura station, and nearby Oxnard sports both a cruise ship port and an airport with connecting flights to LAX. Santa Barbara Airport can be a good alternative to LAX or Oxnard with flights to LAX, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix as well as other destinations and it is only about 10-15 minutes away down the breath-taking 101. Camarillo Airport is a dominant general aviation hub, though Oxnard and Santa Barbara take their share as well.
The Southern California Area Transit (SCAT schedule [http://www. scat.org /scheduleindex.htm] ) Bus system provides impressive transportation coverage across the city of Ventura as well as the neighboring cities of Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme.
* '''San Buenaventura Mission''' [http://www.sanbuenaventuramission.org/
history_main. html]. Church services, funerals, and weddings are still performed there today. There is an original well still standing in the back of the church, and a school for children attached to the side. This mission sits on Main Street in the heart of old town Ventura. * A cross street of Main is California Street, where you can stand on the corner, look up and see the old county courthouse and jail, which is now city hall. The Perry Mason show used to be filmed there. * If you turn around and head towards the ocean you'll come across more shops, and even a haunted hotel. Keep going to the ocean and check out the surfers next to the pier every morning.* '''Bell Arts Factory''' [http://www.bellartsfactory.org] The Bell Arts Factory was created out of a historic mattress factory showroom in the Westside of Ventura. There are free children's programs that enhance young lives through the arts and provide a cultural revitalization of the Westside. There are also many talented resident artists in studios creating beautiful paintings, jewelry, sculptures, weavings, photographs and ceramics . Come visit us at 432 N. Ventura Avenue.* '''Ventura Hot Glass Studio''' [http://www.lahotglass.com]. Formerly named LA Hot Glass, Artists John Gerletti and Suzi Perret have a unique studio open to the public featuring their handblown art glass. Pop in during the afternoons and you might catch them in the act of blowing glass. Individual pieces are showcased for sale with prices ranging from $50 to $400. (777 N. Olive Street, 805-643-1848)* '''Olivas Adobe''' [http://www.olivasadobe.org/]. A 160-year-old adobe-style house with historical ties. The Adobe is rummored to be haunted as well. Tours are availible.
*'''Surfing''' - You can visit spitcast [http://www.spitcast.com] to get the latest surf forecast.
Ventura hosts the only regional professional live theatre in Ventura County called Rubicon Theatre Company. It is located at 1006 E. Main Street. (805)667-2900. Rubicon Theatre Company in its ten year history has been the host to many stars of screen and stage including Susan Clark, Jack Lemmon, Ted Neeley, John Ritter, Linda Purl, Bruce Weitz, Stephanie Zimbalist, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. www.rubicontheatre.org
*'''International Book City''' - in mid 2006, Ventura declared itself an International Book City. The city is home to more independent bookstores than any other city in Ventura County; two publishing houses; and Perry Mason, the famous fictional lawyer created in the 1930s by writer Erle Stanley Gardner, who lived and worked here.
* The '''Pacific View Mall''' [http://www.shoppacificview.com/] and surrounding area (located about 3-5 miles southeast of old town Ventura, toward Oxnard) tends to be the shopping hub for the locals while tourists will appreciate the kitsch and variety of Old Town. Still, serious shopaholics are better off in Camarillo at the '''Camarillo Premium Outlets''' [http://www.premiumoutlets.com/camarillo/]
, in Thousand Oaks at '''The Oaks''' [http://www.shoptheoaksmall.com/] or up in Santa Barbara.
* Ventura has a hidden gem in the music/alternative mecca known as '''Salzer's''' [http://www.salzers.com/] which is on Victoria near Oxnard and Montalvo. The store is split into two factions: Music and Video which oddly enough are located in separate buildings on either side of Victoria.
*"'Toppers Pizza'" The best local pizza restaurant in town. Great for the family. Voted the best pizza two years consecutively by Ventura County Readers Poll. Big televisions and great salad bar.
*<eat name="Taj Cafe" alt="" address="574 E Main St" directions="" phone="(805) 652-1521" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of the best Indian restaurants in Ventura. Dinner will set you back about 20 dollars a person.</eat>
San Souci is the local dive where young and old alike go.
* '''Best Western Inn of Ventura''', 708 E Thompson Boulevard, (805) 648-3101, Fax: (805) 648-4019, [http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=05360].
* '''Holiday Inn''', 450 E Harbor Blvd, (805) 648-7731, [http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/6c/1/en/hd/vntca]. Sits right on the beach, towering above old town. It's a fabulous view of both Ventura's city charm, and her beautiful ocean shores
* '''Motel 6 Ventura Beach''', 2145 East Harbor Boulevard, (805) 643-5100, Fax: (805) 643-4519, [http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.asp?MotelId=0218&state=CA&full=California&city=Ventura].
* '''Motel 6 Ventura South''', 3075 Johnson Drive, (805) 650-0080, Fax: (805) 339-0926, [http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.asp?MotelId=1051&state=CA&full=California&city=Ventura].
* '''Vagabond Inn Ventura''', 756 E Thompson Blvd, (805) 648-5371, [http://
www. vagabondinn- ventura- hotel. com]. Located in downtown Ventura, walk to the beach and Ventura Pier. * '''Ventura Beach Marriott''', 2055 Harbor Boulevard, (805) 643-6000, Fax: (805) 643-7137, [http://marriott.com/ property/ propertypage/ OXRVB].