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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. Put Griffith Observatory into our Los Angeles vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Los Angeles.
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  • Of course, we go up there to get a glimpse of the famous Hollywood sign. I'm not exception. I've however discovered more than that: a panoramic view of Los Angeles, beautiful places and above all, one of the places of shooting the film "Rebel" with between another James Dean. There is also a statue in his honor.
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  • This is a must see when in LA SPECTACULAR VIEWS. I haven't been into the observatory but just to see the view, is worth the visit. 
  • Well worth to visit Griffith Observatory with spectacular views of Los Angeles. Enjoy the view. There were binoculars but these cost a penny. Good place to see the Hollywood sign and it is difficult to get closer. A bit hazy (or environmental problems) when we were there. Good parking facilities, but a lot of people. Can certainly be fully in the parking lot. Free to visit.
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  • Best place to visit if you are wanting to see a amazing view of the LA skyline!!! I got some really cool photos from up here. It is best to go in the morning as during midday it gets a little busy. There are 2 free exhibits to see while you are there so take you time and have a good look around
  • Took my kids up here on a whim late one mid-September Monday night (9:30pm). Even at that hour with no special event, plus the main building already closed up for the night, the parking lot was full. Parking was easy and close on the street. Very well-lit public areas, clean lot, public bathrooms still available, good security (observed two patrols). Truly amazing views of the city lights as well as the Hollywood sign (sadly, not lighted). Other visitors were courteous and quiet. Great fun for a spontaneous and free outing!
  • The Griffith Observatory is one of the most famous landmarks in Los Angeles. Not only is it one of the most photogenic places around, it's also one of the best people watching places around. People come for the stunning views of the L.A. basin. The observatory itself is filled with educational exhibits, a nice gift shop, and a charming cafe. Be sure to get tickes for the not to be missed planetarium show. Don't forget to go have a look at the moon rock encased in glass.
  • This is my favorite place to visit when I want to be close to the sky or look at space relevant things. There's a store for merchandise aka gift store, food, nice views, great customer service, and generally a good vibe to be in whether its day time or night time. There's also showings throughout the day where you get to go into the planetarium and watch different films they make just for the screening. Aka its the dome shaped on top of the place. Go here at least once in your life!
  • Parking was a quarter mile down the hill, so if you don't mind a hike, it wasn't too bad. The experience was good. A lot of people, but manageable. The best thing is that you can't beat the view! Worth coming up. I've been here in daylight and at night. I prefer the night view.