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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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  • We hiked here as we visited the Hollywood sign. The view over LA is remarkable. The facility is well maintained and covid19 safe - vaccine cards and masks are required to enter the building. 
    We hiked here as we visited the Hollywood sign. The view over LA is remarkable. The facility is well maintained and covid19 safe - vaccine cards and masks are required to enter the building.  more »
  • The museum is great, the view is even better, and the planetarium MIGHT be excellent, but see my important note below. If you're a reader, plan to spend 3-4 hours here. The museum has a lot of... 
    The museum is great, the view is even better, and the planetarium MIGHT be excellent, but see my important note below. If you're a reader, plan to spend 3-4 hours here. The museum has a lot of...  more »
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  • For anyone that lives in LA or is visiting, this is a must-go-to place. The views here are absolutely outstanding and breathtaking. A great photo spot to get some good photos on your trip or for your profile. They have a really cool observatory, cafeteria and some seating outside. I really loved visiting here and bringing our family, it was a nice spot and a great place to see some beautiful views. There's also some hiking trails that people can go to. Please make sure you come and visit
  • 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!

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