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Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton

Categories: Observatories, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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  • The winding road going up to Mt. Hamilton was in itself an adventure. The different types of terrain and the narrow road made us realize how difficult it must have been to build the road and then to t...  read more »
  • What a wonderful drive to the Observatory. You will enjoy hearing about the projects at the Observatory. Be careful on the winding roads 
  • I can't wait to go back! The trip to the top of Mt Hamilton by car is of itself a beautiful and thrilling journey! The narrow road and switchbacks cause wonder in how this road was ever built and how ...  read more »
  • This place here....Getting to it is the most fun. All the roads going to James Lick Observatory (two sides) is fantastically fun. The amount of curve and tight upins with view of nature makes the ride all that better. Always be mindful of bicyclist and other vehicles when driving. When you finally reach the top you get an view over San jose....So beautiful. So many times I rode up here and shared many friends and family about this place. Very Nice.
  • 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.
  • The history and human fortitude to build the world's largest telescope of it's time are on display. Open only Thursday to Sunday. 12-5 pm Inside: Tours of the 36" at 12:30, 1:30,2:30,3:30 and 4:30. Gallery of photos from the archives. Clean bathrooms. Outside: Sweeping views of the Bay Area. On a clear day you can see the Bay. The ride up is scenic. Use the I-130 route instead of Quimby Road, as the road has a more gradual gradient.
  • This spot is well worth the drive (which is certainly not for the faint-hearted). Easy to spend a couple of hours here with interesting exhibits and tours, opportunities for a good walk and fantastic views of the South Bay area. The store prices are reasonable and it sounds like all profits go into keeping the facility open to the public and free to visit.
  • This observatory is significant scientifically and historically for several reasons (detailed on the tours). Experiencing the view of so many manual and automatic telescopes, including the automated planet finder, and of the entirety of Silicon Valley, is a trip worth the long and windy roads. The Lick telescope is an amazing machine, as is the observatory building it's located in. The volunteers and scientists are great!
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