Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. A Chumash village, referred to as Shisholop, was encountered here by European explorers traveling along the Pacific coast. The eponymous Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782 nearby where it benefitted from the water of the Ventura River. The town grew up around the mission compound and incorporated in 1866. The development of nearby oil fields in the 1920s and the age of automobile travel created a major real estate boom during which many designated landmark buildings were constructed. The mission and these buildings are at the center of a downtown that has become a cultural, retail, and residential district and visitor destination. Ventura lies along U.S. Route 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara which was one of the original U.S. Routes. The highway is now the Ventura Freeway but the original route through town along Main Street has been designated El Camino Real, the historic pathway connecting the California missions. During the post–World War II economic expansion, the community grew easterly, building detached single family homes over the rich agricultural land created by the Santa Clara River. The population was 106,433 at the 2010 census, up from 100,916 at the 2000 census. Ventura is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Wikipedia
The beach town of Ventura, or San Buenaventura as it is primarily known, is a heady mix of a cultural town and a popular holiday destination. Tourism in Ventura happens mostly along the seaside, but the downtown area is an absolute must for anyone coming here. The Olivas Adobe should feature on your itinerary either to check out the museum or a performance by the local artists. Beware though, the building is rumoured to be haunted! Relax in one of the many parks around town or walk around the Pierpont Bay with stunning views of the Ventura Harbour. Bibliophiles can easily relate to the city thanks to the number of bookstores dotting the cityscape and the vast list of characters that belong to or an in this city. Travel to Ventura for an interesting retreat.