Los Angeles is filled to the brim with notable figures and idolized celebrities, but one of its most iconic attractions is none other than the Griffith Observatory. Perched on Mount Hollywood in the Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A., Griffith Observatory offers numerous nature trails, an extraordinary astronomy facility, and exquisite views of the bustling city of angels. From hikers and runners to astronomy buffs and tourists scouting the city for a perfect photo opt, this historic L.A. spot has something to please each and every one of its visitors.
Griffith Observatory opened its doors in 1935 as an institution dedicated to science and astronomy – in fact, at that time, it possessed one of the mere three planetariums in the U.S. However, as time went on, the Observatory and the area surrounding it blended to form a distinctive, one-of-a-kind spot offering much more than just an astronomical facility. Though locals and tourists most notably visit the Observatory for a Sunday morning hike or a spectacular view of the Hollywood sign, few recognize the other exciting activities and exhibits it has to offer. Aside from its stylish cafe (featuring delicious food and a gorgeous view), the Observatory hosts “public star parties” on one Saturday a month, a free event for those interested in bringing their telescopes to share the joy of star-gazing with other like-minded astronomers. Griffith Observatory also hosts daily and monthly telescope viewings, and holds dozens of scientific exhibits within its stone walls.
If you’re more wowed by the stars on your screen, the Griffith Observatory has been featured in dozens of notable films and television shows, including Transformers, The Terminator and Agent Carter. Its film status, along with its incredible view of the Hollywood sign, makes the Griffith Observatory a non-negotiable stop for tourists and film buffs alike.
The Griffith Observatory is open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends (excluding all Mondays). Admission to the grounds and the building is always free. If you’re interested in a relaxing hike or workout alongside one of the most beautiful views in California, it’s best to hit the Griffith Observatory when the atmosphere is still sunny and bright. But if you’re there to check out the astronomy exhibits and catch an incredible view of the stars, pay a visit closer to nighttime – that way, you’ll see the glittering sky and snap an unforgettable photo of glittering nighttime Los Angeles.
In the daytime, this one-of-a-kind view will capture everything we love about this equally one-of-a-kind city – its sunny beaches, its roaming mountains, its skyscrapers and heaven-like beauty. But during the night, the view will encapsulate everything else we love – the bustling atmosphere, the iconic glamour, and the way this city just seems to change and modernize overnight. No matter the time or day, your view from the Griffith Observatory will be indescribable and like no other you will find in Los Angeles.