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Griffith Observatory

Observatory, Scenic Lookout, and Science Museum
Los Angeles
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  • scenic views
  • hollywood sign
  • hiking
  • planetarium
  • trails
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 26, 2013
    Voted Best Of LA numerous times, the Observatory is the site of the famous James Dean knife fight scene in "Rebel Without A Cause". Aside from the heavenly view, the planetarium gift shop is awesome! Read more
  • Rick K.
    Rick KupermanJuly 28, 2017
    This was excellent. Foucault's pendulum - a mind-blowing demonstration of Earth's place in the cosmos and the imperceptible realities of the Earth's constant rotation. Also the views are 👌
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PalmieriFebruary 13, 2015
    The best view of the city. I love the park that is around and also enjoyed the way until I get there. The only thing that you need to now is if you are going without a car you must to get back early.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureNovember 2, 2012
    Grab your hiking boots and make your way from the Los Angeles Zoo to the Griffith Observatory, made famous by “Rebel Without a Cause.” Stop at Trails Café for lunch.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin ToDecember 16, 2015
    The view of Los Angeles and Hollywood from up here is amazing, but don't forget to walk inside the observatory for the main attraction. The Griffith Observatory houses some great, must see exhibits!
  • aidonna25 A.
    We spent there a wonderful time last Saturday! There were gorgeous and breathtaking views from the roof) parking is terrible though! But will be going again for sure!😍😍😍
  • Solutions i.
    Solutions in LAOctober 10, 2012
    Perfect place to watch the sky. It has been newly renovated, and is the perfect place to learn about the universe. Griffith Park is also the perfect place to get a view of a LA and have a nice picnic.
  • lomography
    lomographySeptember 30, 2011
    The beautiful and newly-renovated Griffith Observatory is a must-see destination! It is also a must-photograph! No matter what film is in your camera, your photos will be out-of-this world!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HamiltonJanuary 23, 2015
    The view is fantastic! Great to hike up to or just drive, explore the grounds, and then go inside to expand your knowledge. Check their schedule for upcoming events/talks! Very enlightening!
  • Cathérine V.
    Cathérine V.DSeptember 7, 2016
    If you can, go and watch a show! Was a great experience!! Try to get there at 6-7pm so you can see it by day/night. Magnificent view!!!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacDecember 9, 2015
    Beautiful building, beautiful view of LA and the sunset, free science exhibit with a lot to explore, great hikes around it. Must stop here.
  • Diego W.
    Diego Wan Der LeySeptember 27, 2013
    Simple but very insightful observatory! . You can have a great view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign!
    HISTORYMarch 31, 2010
    In 1896, Col. Griffith J. Griffith gave funds in his will to build an observatory, exhibit hall, and planetarium on this donated land. Construction began in 1933 and opened to the public in 1935.
  • Steve J.
    Steve JohnstonOctober 20, 2014
    This legendary location lives up to its reputation. Incredible views of the city, and a well-adorned astronomy museum. Expect a hike when it comes to parking.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonSeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Parking's a pain in the ass, if you can, take a bus over and walk up otherwise come early. Definitely see the sunset and the shows in the planetarium are absolutely breathtaking, really cheap too!
  • Roobee H.
    Roobee H.July 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places to hike. We start from the bottom to go all the up. Pass the observatory. It's like a good 2hr hike for us and 6miles.
  • Sarah .
    Sarah 💄October 18, 2016
    An awesome observatory with amazing views of Los Angeles. You can see the Hollywood sign from the property and there's some nice hiking trails below in the hills. Check it out, it's free!
  • Bailey
    BaileyNovember 3, 2016
    Really awesome exhibits on astronomy, it's history and great scientific explanations. And then there are the views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CooperMarch 20, 2015
    Incredible views over LA and of the Hollywood sign. A must for those visiting LA, head down just before sunset. Spectacular! If you're lucky you may see a few Hummingbirds too.
  • Arpita J.
    Arpita JainJanuary 24, 2016
    Amazing view, nice trails, good scientific stuff. For trails visit during day time and to get a amazing view of LA city in night. Don't forget to take your love one's along 😉
  • Zemanta
    ZemantaOctober 17, 2011
    Bloggers, need inspiration? Great for day or night view of LA. Hike around the hills, catch a star show at night then grab dinner at the bottom of hill at Little Doms in Los Feliz (via @jamiehonkawa)!
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20, 2017
    A beautiful landmark perched atop Mount Hollywood. Provides fascinating exhibits and breathtaking views of the LA skyline and Hollywood sign.
  • Alesha D.
    Alesha DaileyAugust 2, 2013
    This is the place I almost always end up after a night out with friends. Best views of LA and the perfect way to end a night! *It's a pretty amazing spot for a date also!*
  • Diana K.
    Diana K.August 26, 2012
    This wasn't at the top of my to-see list, but it was actually very impressive. Loved the beautiful observatory, the breathtaking views of the city and mountains,, and the planetarium show.
  • Marvin A.
    Marvin AndujarJuly 7, 2013
    The view in this place is magnificent. Although I did not get to see the planetarium it is a good place to visit. You can also see the Hollywood sign from here. I give this place 4 out of 5.
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    UCLA Volunteer CenterSeptember 13, 2011
    Griffith is the largest city park with wilderness area in the U.S. On 9/20/11 UCLA volunteers will be here to maintain and restore trails. Please join us in the effort of keeping this park clean! Read more
  • Heather D.
    Heather DelamortonJune 6, 2011
    If you're ever in the L.A area the Griffith Observatory is a MUST. The Light of the Valkyries & Centered in the Universe are both UHHmazing shows. Great place to go to for date night & fun for kids.
  • Magali M.
    Magali MAugust 18, 2013
    Dont miss the "center of the universe" show at the planetarium, it is a must see, one of the best i've ever seen (maybe even better than the rose planetarium in nyc).
  • Murdo C.
    Murdo ConnochieSeptember 14, 2017
    Centred in the Universe is an incredible presentation, only $7 for an adult. Try to sit as close to the middle of the dome as possible.
  • JL
    JLJune 28, 2017
    View is awesome. You can see the Hollywood sign from there. Transportation has free wifi and also outside the Observatory. Very interesting stuff inside. I missed the sunset. 😐
  • Qaiser B.
    Qaiser BachaniDecember 23, 2016
    A must visit attraction for the first timers in LA. Come here for sunset to enjoy the breathtaking views of Greater LA
  • Néstor
    NéstorJune 11, 2015
    Beware on sunny days or bank holidays, it can get crowded and the walk from the "extra parking" can be 20 or more minutes. However the views are great. I thought the hollywood sign was bigger.
  • Cathrine J.
    Cathrine JohansenNovember 7, 2016
    Great view over LA. A nice park with lots of hiking opportunities around. Nice view of the Hollywood sign! Parking was challenging.
    Daytrippen.comAugust 24, 2012
    Weekends the Observatory opens at 10:00 am get there then and you should be able to park in the main parking lot saving you from walking up hill if you park on the street. Read more
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PagaranAugust 25, 2013
    My absolute favorite spot to be at night in LA. The view is wondrous. I recommend the Comet show for kids and seeing a planetarium show. The food at the cafe is expensive though.
  • The Artificial
    The ArtificialNovember 27, 2017
    If you're a movie-buff, you'll probably recognize this iconic hill-top building. Visit the Griffith Observatory for the exhibits, the view, the architecture, or one of their many events.
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterOctober 3, 2015
    Yrs of lovely, romantic moments here :) #1 spot for the most spectacular views of LA! Go watch the sunset, visit Planetarium, & see the stars w/ the lawn telescopes instead of lining up 4 Zeiss.
  • Vanity Fair Agenda
    Vanity Fair AgendaJanuary 30, 2012
    A must-see Los Angeles mountain-top location with amazing views where stars, moons, and galaxies mix with James Dean Hollywood lore. Sunsets at the Observatory are not to be missed.
  • The Fluff Ice™ Truck
    The Fluff Ice™ TruckFebruary 16, 2012
    Griffith Observatory has an amazing view of Los Angeles as well as a yummy cafe catered by Wolfgang Puck! Also, make sure to catch the Planetarium show -- the narrator is amazing!
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaMay 17, 2017
    Great place to visit at sunset. The LA sky lights up and the colors are amazing. On a clear day (smog) you have an amazing view of downtown LA.
  • Giang P.
    Giang PhamJuly 30, 2016
    You should go here at night for the amazing city view. The weather is also much better than during the day time.
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    I love this place. The view itself is amazing. Especially at sun set the light reflects the yellows and reds of the pollution the lights of the city switch on like some glowing circuit board.
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 15, 2012
    It's crowded, touristy, and often filled with screaming children, but it's a lovely structure with fantastic views. I suggest parking on the street below and taking the slightly strenuous walk up.
  • Dorothy P.
    Dorothy PincusApril 18, 2013
    The Griffith Observatory, is a great place to take your family and spend all day learning about history...I love it.
  • etta y.
    etta ySeptember 18, 2014
    One of my favorite spots in LA. Just be careful not to fall down the hill making your way back to the car in the dark.
  • Mary Ellen S.
    Mary Ellen SchrockAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Almost any clear night there are amateur astronomers on the front lawn with high powered telescopes aimed at unique places in the universe. If the observatory telescope line is long check this out!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 5, 2013
    Have you ever watched a movie that shows the Hollywood sign, or wanted to capture the best view in Los Angeles? The Griffith Observatory can provide those two must-sees in California! Go check it out!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 30, 2013
    Best known for its starring role in James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause, the Observatory recently made appearances in Devil In a Blue Dress, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle & Transformers.
  • Arthur S.
    Arthur SabintsevApril 7, 2015
    One of my favorite sites in LA! Beautiful views of the city and Hollywood sign. Downside: no place to park.
  • LaMecia B.
    LaMecia ButlerApril 20, 2013
    Great place to bring kids and learn about the sun and solar system. Check out the periodic table of elements exhibit.
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