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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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  • Or you’ll be walking uphill for quite a while. Amazing views of LA, mountains and ocean… as far away s Long Beach 
    Or you’ll be walking uphill for quite a while. Amazing views of LA, mountains and ocean… as far away s Long Beach  more »
  • Parking is $10/h which makes for an expensive visit if your staying for a few hours. Also, the cafe and gift shop close around 6pm compared to the observatory which is open till 10pm. Get your... 
    Parking is $10/h which makes for an expensive visit if your staying for a few hours. Also, the cafe and gift shop close around 6pm compared to the observatory which is open till 10pm. Get your...  more »
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  • What a nice park. The observatory is perched on top of Mount Hollywood with easy parking and free at the observatory if one arrives early and on a weekday before 12am. Wow! The Hollywood sign is visible from the observatory. What! Hiking down the mountain is easy but going up isn’t so easy so keep that in mind. Bring water and comfy hiking shoes. Great place
  • This is one of my favorite places to go to in Los Angeles. The Good: —The views on all sides are absolutely breathtaking! —You can see the Hollywood Sign on the right side up on Mt. Lee. —You can park for free on West Observatory Road, West Canyon Road, and the upper parking lot by the Observatory on Monday through Friday from opening until 12:00 P.M. and on Saturday and Sunday from opening until 9:00 A.M. —There are a lot of trails near there, and there are many ways to get a great workout. The Bad —Parking is $10.00 per hour in the upper parking lot and on roads near the Observatory anytime Monday to Friday after 12:00 P.M. and on Saturday and Sunday after 9:00 A.M. —Currently, the buildings are only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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