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Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

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Explore the wonders of our solar system and the galaxy at Griffith Observatory. Donated to the city over a century ago, the observatory offers free admission to an array of space and science exhibits, including a nationally recognized planetarium and public telescopes. Situated high on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood, the complex offers views of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the Pacific Ocean. Secure a spot outside after visiting the observatory to enjoy views of the Hollywood sign or the dramatic coastline. Make Griffith Observatory a part of your Los Angeles vacation plans using our Los Angeles trip planner.
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  • This is the BEST spot for viewing the entire city of Los Angeles. The view was beautiful and really captured the expansive beauty of LA. You can even see the famous Hollywood sign. The $7 payment for....  more
    This is the BEST spot for viewing the entire city of Los Angeles. The view was beautiful and really captured the expansive beauty of LA. You can even see the famous Hollywood sign. The $7 payment for....  more »
  • Griffith Observatory can be a great experience, but it largely comes down to when you go. Griffith Observatory was obviously built back when the light pollution did stop you from seeing the stars... 
    Griffith Observatory can be a great experience, but it largely comes down to when you go. Griffith Observatory was obviously built back when the light pollution did stop you from seeing the stars...  more »
  • The view of LA from the Observatory is amazing! There are so many different types of hiking trails around to explore and you can also see the Hollywood sign. 
    The view of LA from the Observatory is amazing! There are so many different types of hiking trails around to explore and you can also see the Hollywood sign.  more »
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  • What a nice park. The observatory is perched on top of Mount Hollywood with easy parking and free at the observatory if one arrives early and on a weekday before 12am. Wow! The Hollywood sign is visible from the observatory. What! Hiking down the mountain is easy but going up isn’t so easy so keep that in mind. Bring water and comfy hiking shoes. Great place
  • This is one of my favorite places to go to in Los Angeles. The Good: —The views on all sides are absolutely breathtaking! —You can see the Hollywood Sign on the right side up on Mt. Lee. —You can park for free on West Observatory Road, West Canyon Road, and the upper parking lot by the Observatory on Monday through Friday from opening until 12:00 P.M. and on Saturday and Sunday from opening until 9:00 A.M. —There are a lot of trails near there, and there are many ways to get a great workout. The Bad —Parking is $10.00 per hour in the upper parking lot and on roads near the Observatory anytime Monday to Friday after 12:00 P.M. and on Saturday and Sunday after 9:00 A.M. —Currently, the buildings are only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Great views and fun time but note that the actual inside of the observatory (and thus food/ gift shops is only open Friday-Sunday). Ample parking at $10 per hour available at the top close to the observatory. The views are amazing and you get a great view of LA as well as the Hollywood sign. There are a couple of nice trails around the observatory starting at various points in the park which are worth considering. There is also a large scale solar system depiction on the ground to show its immense size. The large open ground is also quite nice.
  • What can you say, the GO is iconic on a number of levels. It's much larger than I expected and the displays are very interesting. My wife and sons saw one of the planetarium shows and they thoroughly enjoyed it. I stayed out on the upper terrace enjoying the unbelievable night view of the city and surrounding area. It'd be nice if the parking system was better but I guess you can only stuff a finite number of cars on a mountaintop. Recommended!
  • Stunningly beautiful views in all directions. The Griffith Observatory is definitely worth a visit. It’s a very popular attraction but parking was easy. From such a high vantage point it’s amazing to see the hills and neighbourhoods falling away to the LA skyline in the distance. The major photo opportunity is of course the Hollywood sign perched above.

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