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Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton

(4.6/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
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  • This is an old building housing some old pictures and a very old telescope. It's worth the drive up to see the scenery on the way - you can see San Jose on a good day and all the way to The Bay on a c...  more »
  • This place is very cool. Not only it is a more than 100 years old observatory with everything original but also the reflector is in a "cool" dorm. There are free guide about the place about every hour...  more »
  • We went before the observatory opened just to get pictures of the view, but when we got to the top it was to foggy. Going a little later than early morning would be best, the observatory opens at noon...  more »
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  • It's close to the city, it's car accessible. It's has unbelievable views, it's takes longer to get there then it does to get back down. I loved visiting and learning about James Lick.. great staff, very friendly and will definitely visit again on my next trip. It's a must visit 4,200ft above sea level.
  • This place is cool for all ages, you get to see the second biggest refractory telescope ( built in 1880) and an awesome view from 4000 feet. Stay till the sunset, as the domes get lit up with the fading sun in hues of pink and orange. Quiet and serene place to spend a couple of hours with friendly staff and beautiful view. And all of this for free. They also have summer events, with a fee, for night watching with lectures and concerts for the curious minds. Highly recommended!
  • So after driving 365 turns to make it up there, the only real value is observing the observatory. It is historically rich...but nothing to do once you are up there except for listening to the tour guide speak of their history....(too long and cramp for kids to handle), gift shop, and looking through the telescopes facing the city....
  • Such a wonderful place. The drive to there is so nice (if you like narrow winding roads). Their summer concerts with telescope viewings are awesome. Nighttime views of Silicon Valley down below are stunning. Also in the daytime it's worth a visit for the views alone.
  • I use to come here with my friends to film for a video contest we entered. We got first place, but the thing I could never take back was the fun we always had up there. Beautiful scenery and quiet usually. This place holds a special part of my heart and will forever be the go-to for memory lane.