5 miles away from Burbank

2800 East Observatory Avenue, Los Angeles


Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. The Observatory is the best vantage point for observing the world-famous Hollywood Sign.

Griffith Observatory has free-admission, open to the public, and is open late nearly every evening.

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Since Stephanie S. and I had a few more hours before our flight back to the bay, Kat T. took us to the Griffith Observatory. For the countless number of times I've been to Los Angeles, even I'm surprised this was my first visit. There is a parking lot right in front, so drive all the way up! Some people park on the side of the road, but it is a steep walk up, so be prepared.

This is a beautiful museum with tons of exhibits on our solar system... all for free! They have live programs in the planetarium, gorgeous views of the city (and Hollywood sign), and a cute little cafe. After exploring most of the exhibits, we headed outside to see the telescope.

This is an iconic place in Los Angeles, so you'll probably see couples getting photographed for their engagement. So romantic! Full Review

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