Perhaps the most breathtaking views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign are from the Griffith Observatory, one of LA’s top landmarks.On it high perch above the city in Griffith Park you get an almost 360 degree view (views to the north are blocked by mountain peaks) of the city including downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and the Hollywood Sign.  Be sure to scroll all the way down for lots of photos of the view from Griffith Observatory too.

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Tourists enjoying the view of downtown Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory

There are a number of great vantage points to view the city of LA including the Hollywood Bowl Overlook, Elysian Park and the observation deck of City Hall, but I feel the view from the Observatory is the best.  And while you can get much closer views of the Hollywood Sign without hiking, I think this one is much nicer.

If you are an Instagrammer, the views from Griffith Observatory and the Observatory itself make top photos for your Instagram page.  In particular you will want to get one of yourself by the statue of James Dean (his movie Rebel Without a Cause was largely filmed at the Observatory).

We covered the Griffith Observatory in an earlier post and don’t want to repeat it all here, but while there are so many cool things to see inside the observatory, the view from the grounds alone is enough reason to go.  I’d recommend going a couple hours before sunset so you can see the view in the daylight and then again when the city lights come on at night.

Be sure to check the Griffith Observatory website before going. It’s sometimes closed for special events…. though the grounds are often open if the Observatory is not.  Parking is very limited and expensive so I recommend taking the Dash if possible.

The address is:
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
General Information Line: 213-473-0800

More photos after the break….

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One of many breathtaking views of the Hollywood Sign from the Griffith Observatory
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Downtown Los Angeles view at night from Griffith Observatory
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View of the Hollywood Sign from the Griffith Observatory grounds.
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Griffith Observatory main entrance

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