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Submitted by Emmett Anderson on 04/26/2022

Emmett Anderson 5 stars rating.

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An absolute must see! The view is amazing. Interesting and beautiful architecture. Free!
Go early to ensure you get parking or you will have to park and walk. With young kids you will definitely need a stroller.
The view of Hollywood sign is perfect! Many photo ops.

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Submitted by Alex Lopes on 04/24/2022

Alex Lopes 5 stars rating.

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We did not spend much time inside the Observatory exhibition area. Instead, we wondered around the open spaces to see some great views of LA. There were a lot of people walking around but it was still easy to just stop and relax a little. Unless you really like to walk or plan on spending a good amount of time there, I highly recommend just parking near the Observatory itself. There were many parking spots open during our weekend visit and it costs $10/hour.

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Submitted by Mustafa Đerahović on 04/16/2022

Mustafa Đerahović 5 stars rating.

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Place where you can have a lovely view of Los Angeles. It is a beautiful place to visit, especially with the family. Many hiking trails are for people who like hiking and running. My little suggestion is if you want to see it do it early in the morning ???? Because you can find parking spots almost in front of the observatory.

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Submitted by Marcus Oberlander on 04/14/2022

Marcus Oberlander 5 stars rating.

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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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Submitted by Angelic Watkins on 04/10/2022

Angelic Watkins 4 stars rating.

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Haven't been here for years. What I understand the observatories only open on the weekends which makes it exceedingly crowded.
My advice come early. There's parking at the very top that is $10 an hour otherwise there are several cheaper parking options at the bottom of the hill with shuttles or buses that run up to the top.
We decided to pay and park at the top.
The trailhead to the Hollywood sign is about 4 and 1/2 mi... Which we will do on another day when we have more time
Today was just the observatory. Currently they were running shows at 5:45 and 7:45 in the observatory.
However on the bottom Leonard nimoy level there is a show that runs I believe every hour that is free. It's a 25 minute documentary.
So many cool and exciting things to see.
Definitely give yourself a few hours just to go through the observatory.

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Submitted by Jeanette Hinojosa on 03/29/2022

Jeanette Hinojosa 4 stars rating.

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Astronomy nerd so of course I loved this tourist destination! I only gave it 4 stars because of the parking situation. The man directing vehicles was YELLING at guests! I couldn't believe it! Extremely rude, I felt bad for the cars of people he did that to. I wish they would ask every car if they are capable of walking long distances. The older and disabled should get to go up the hill firstly, but then also others who are injured or sore like I was:( We had to park down the hill and as we were walking up, he started letting all the cars go up...I was in pain:( Apart from that, everything else was lovely ???? The view is incredible both night and day. A lot of air pollution of course. Wish the Café stayed open till the Observatory closed. Also would be nice to be given a small pamphlet with a map and details of the events and shows. I do recommend coming here, just bring a jacket! Was cute to see people having a picnic on the front lawn and on a date here:)

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Submitted by Justin Timbershake on 03/28/2022

Justin Timbershake 5 stars rating.

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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

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Submitted by Janie Duncan on 03/24/2022

Janie Duncan 5 stars rating.

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The location is wonderful, and the views are spectacular. We visited on Presidents Day, and the observatory was unfortunately closed. It's a great spot to photograph the Hollywood sign. The city views are spectacular from this vantage point; I'd love to visit at night to see the grid lit up. Restrooms are available, just so you know. On weekdays, parking is free until 12 p.m.; afterwards, you must pay a parking fee; adequate parking is available. very amazing place i love it soo much

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Submitted by Anton Dragoman on 03/21/2022

Anton Dragoman 5 stars rating.

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Griffith Observatory is free and its open on weekends however its worth visiting it for sight seeing purposes during weekdays. You can see the Hollywood sign and the city of LA. Also it might get a little bit windy. The view is marvelous at night as well as in the daytime. Definitely must see while in LA.

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Submitted by Charles Walker on 03/19/2022

Charles Walker 5 stars rating.

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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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Submitted by Devang Mistry on 02/25/2022

Devang Mistry 5 stars rating.

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Amazing place and breathtaking views. Unfortunately, the observatory was closed as we went on the presidents day. Perfect place to see the hollywood sign and grab some pictures. The city views are amazing from here, would love to go at a night time to see the grid under lights. FYI, there are restrooms available. Parking is free till 12 pm on weekdays so if you make it early in the weekday, you won't have to pay for parking, otherwise you need to pay parking fee, ample parking is available.

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Submitted by Teadrinkerxyz on 02/21/2022

teadrinkerxyz 5 stars rating.

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An observatory worthies multiple visits if you can overlook the crowd. Admission is free and open late until 10PM. Park at the free lower lot. If able body, one can just hike up the hill in 15-20 minutes. There is also a shuttle runs between the lower lot and the observatory.

Outside of the observatory, there is has beautiful view of of LA and the Hollywood sign. Time your trip there and you can see the sunset over the city.

To get into the observatory, one needs to show an ID and vaccination card.

There is a line to see the stars through the telescope.

Don’t miss seeing the “big picture” at bottom floor exhibit. It was amazing!

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Submitted by Jade Cojena on 02/21/2022

Jade Cojena 4 stars rating.

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I’ve been there 3 times! This is the first tourist spot that i went when i got here in America! Always wanna go back.. Love the museum and the overlooking Hollywood Sign. The thing that I don’t like is the parking haha, takes a long time to park. You need to go in early so you will have a parking spot. Overall a very good experienced!

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Submitted by Steven Kohus on 01/28/2022

Steven Kohus 4 stars rating.

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Pretty gorgeous views and nice place to visit. When I went there (1/28/2022), they required full vaccination card and ID to enter the observatory area (even the outside of it), but I was lucky that I had brought those with me. There are nice hiking trails nearby, make sure to bring some water and shoes you don't mind getting dirty.

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Submitted by Nadia Flores on 01/26/2022

Nadia Flores 5 stars rating.

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Was a beautiful place. I went with a group of friends and it made the experience a lot better. You get a beautiful view of LA and the Hollywood sign. Loved watching the short documentary about the building's history. It was only 25 minutes long so I highly recommend it. The only thing I didn't do was watch the special showing of stars. I'd definitely go back for that and take more friends who are into astronomy.

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Submitted by Max Pfaff on 01/18/2022

Max Pfaff 5 stars rating.

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Super cool and definitely one of the most iconic LA landmarks. Views are one of, if not THE, best in all of Los Angeles with a city view and a Hollywood sign view! The observatory itself is also stunning. You can learn a lot and always be ready for surprise events happening in the park.

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Submitted by Rob Ladd on 01/16/2022

Rob Ladd 5 stars rating.

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Seriously a must do hike with or without your dog. They have water stops up the trail where your pup can drink or just get there paws wet to cool them down. Views are unreal and some fun trails if taking a few of the off shoots along the main trails. They all lead back to the main trail. Have fun and explore.

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Submitted by SUO Family on 01/03/2022

SUO Family 5 stars rating.

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Great view. Great walking pathways to the top. Spectacular view from top. There are pathways to the top from the car park at the bottom of the mountain. Park there and walk. You will not be disappointed. Parking is free until noon in December.

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Submitted by Brandon Snyder on 01/02/2022

Brandon Snyder 5 stars rating.

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Wonderful observatory with lots of small, but very engaging and fascinating exhibits about the natural world. Great gift shop, all the staff were super friendly. Offers an amazing view of the surrounding city and mountains as well as trails to walk around on. Absolute must for anyone who loves scenery and science.

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Submitted by Jordan Welsman on 12/27/2021

Jordan Welsman 5 stars rating.

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An iconic California landmark which provides great views of Los Angeles from the rear and the Hollywood sign from the front. We visited during December 2021, so we had to provide proof of vaccination. They accepted my UK license and vaccination card. You can go inside to view the exhibits or up to the roof to see the views and one of the telescopes. You can park on the road leading up to the observatory for $10/hr (accurate 12/2021).

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