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Wow! Wow! Wow! Was so cool we went twice in one day! Going when the sun is going down and staying into the night is magical. The building itself is as breath taking as the views. Can get very busy but so worth your time. There are amazing places to hike all around there. You wont want to forget your camera!
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Here’s a really cool spot for anyone. If you’re solo, on a date, with kids, or family, there’s something for everyone. Be cautious of the time of day and day of week you choose to go here. Can be a pain trying to drive up when there’s your buses in front of you. This is a free museum. Lots of people though out the building and outside giving good information on its history. Check out the telescopes. Don’t forget to walk around out there. Great, although smoggy, view of LA. Can see the Hollywood sign and hike up the adjacent hill
This place is magical. I can't believe admission is completely free for all the cool exhibitions that they have. You also get an amazing view of the city from their courtyard; it's especially beautiful after sundown. Also, you MUST check out their planetarium shows if you're visiting. Their planetarium is truly WORLD CLASS with their state-of-the-art equipments. Planetarium shows are not free, they're $7. Frankly, it was the best $7 I ever spent in my entire life--I get to travel through time and space for the price of a hot dog.
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Nice place to go to see the Hollywood skyline. Every weekend, the Observatory is packed with people which makes for heavy traffic congestion. If you're driving up there, watch out for all the people stopping to take pictures on the side of the road or looking around at the skyline and not for oncoming cars. On a clear day, you can see for miles. Parking, when you can find it, is $4/he which I think is reasonable. The exhibit inside, if you're not just going to take pictures, is also quite extensive. Lots of space related objects and meteorites. I would recommend going inside to learn something about our universe and the importance of the Observatory other than it being a popular location for TV and movies.
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This place more than exceeded my expectations. The views were incredible, and since I went right after a rain shower, there was very little Los Angeles smog. The most notable views are the Hollywood sign, Downtown Los Angeles, and the Pacific Ocean. But don’t think the views are the only amazing quality of this place. On a clear night (or even evening if the moon is up early), you are allowed to view objects in space through the Zeiss telescope! It’s a very powerful telescope and since Griffith J. Griffith (the observatory’s founder) wanted it to be a public observatory, it’s the most viewed observatory telescope in the world! There is also a solar refractor which shines down into 3 solar telescopes so you can view the sun and it’s sunspots in real time! This place is also a very fascinating and educational museum with pieces of the moon and comets/meteors, plus many other exhibits! Admission is free to everything (including telescopes) except the planetarium, for which there is a very small fee ($7 is the adult fee which is the most expensive). I highly recommend seeing one of the planetarium’s spectacular shows. I saw the Flight of the Valkyries, but there are others that you can find out about on the observatory’s website. Don’t bother trying to drive up to the front of the observatory and park ($4/hour). Instead, park in one of the many Greek Theatre lots (free) and either walk up one of the mile-long hiking trails (all uphill) or take the DASH shuttle (50 cents per person). All in all, this is a great tourist destination that I highly recommend for anyone visiting the Hollywood area! Here are some pictures that I took while visiting: