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Griffith Observatory
Vacation Travel Guide

Discover a star-studded hangout and marvel at the art deco splendor of one of LA’s stellar attractions.

Perched high above the city near the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory offers a mind-expanding window on the universe and plenty of intergalactic fun. On a clear day, you cansee beyond the fog and haze to glimpse stars, moon craters, Jupiter’s satellites and more.

With its three copper-cladded domes, this stimulating shrine to science has been a famous LA landmark since 1935. Movie buffs may recognize it from numerous sci-fi flicks, including The Terminator, and the 1955 James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause.

The observatory hasn’t just played a significant role in Hollywood history, it’s also made a major contribution to space exploration; the Apollo astronauts learned about celestial navigation within its walls.

In addition to exhibition halls with more than 60 space-related displays, the observatory has a 300-seat planetarium beneath the central dome and a multimedia theater for education programs and activities, the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon.

Scan the stars when the skies are clear with the Zeiss refracting telescope, solar telescopes and other instruments available for public use. Time your visit to coincide with a free monthly star party so you can peer at the moon, visible planets and other objects in the solar system through a variety of telescopes.

When you’re ready to come back down to Earth, take some time out in the grounds around the observatory for more awesome views. From your vantage point on the south slope of Mount Hollywood, you’ll see the LA basin laid out before you. At night, with the city lights sparkling below, the spectacle is simply stunning.

Griffith Observatory is about eight miles (13 kilometers) north of downtown. It is open five days a week, from Wednesday to Sunday, but is closed on most holidays. Admission to the observatory and the surrounding grounds is free.

Top Hotels Close to Griffith Observatory

The Dixie Hollywood
The Dixie Hollywood
3 out of 5
5410 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
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The price is NT$2,802 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Hollywood, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pantages Theatre, Melrose Avenue, and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hollywood and Vine and Hollywood Palladium ...

3.3/5 (993 reviews)
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"The stay was good as always. A lot of diverse people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and walks of life, etc. Visiting guests aren’t respectful of sleeping guests, so loud music from a room, a parking car, or guests smoking in the designated areas along the balcony walkway is something one ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/14

The Dixie Hollywood
Villa Heavens View
Villa Heavens View
3.5 out of 5
2121 N Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
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Situated in Los Angeles, this villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pantages Theatre, Hollywood and Vine, and Greek Theatre. Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk ...

Villa Heavens View
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BLVD Hotel & Suites-Walking Distance to Hollywood Walk of Fame
3 out of 5
2010 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$2,594 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Hollywood, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hollywood and Highland Center, Dolby Theater, and TCL Chinese Theatre. Hollywood Bowl and Hollywood ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,009 reviews)

"Dark room, bad lighting. Room window was decorated with closed white shutters to disguise the adjacent building when shutters were opened. Thin walls with very active occupancy who seemed to live taking showers at 3am. Front desk agent looked like he wished he were elsewhere when checking us in. ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/22

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Reviews of Griffith Observatory

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 16, 2019

A little nutty to get in and out of there, but the views and hushed sunset were worth it.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 7, 2019

Take the shuttle which loads at Vermont/Sunset right in front of Quizno's

3/5 - Okay

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Jul 25, 2019

The views are spectacular, but keep in mind that parking is $10 per hour!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 15, 2019

Great scenic views, lots to see, and they have movies and presentations.

2/5 - Disappointing

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Jul 10, 2019

We didn’t realize it was a Friday on a holiday weekend (4th of July) and the traffic was not navigable when we arrived at about 11:30 am. Plan for a regular weekday or non peak times. Parking is roadside, requires $$, and unless you’re ready for a good hike not available on high volume days.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 18, 2019

Definitely try to park a little closer to the observatory that way you don’t have to walk miles to it. $8/per hour.

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Best Lodging Options Near Griffith Observatory

The Dixie Hollywood
The Dixie Hollywood
3 out of 5
5410 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$2,802 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
The Dixie Hollywood
Villa Heavens View
Villa Heavens View
3.5 out of 5
2121 N Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Villa Heavens View
BLVD Hotel & Suites-Walking Distance to Hollywood Walk of Fame
BLVD Hotel & Suites-Walking Distance to Hollywood Walk of Fame
3 out of 5
2010 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$2,594 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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Hollywood Inn Express North
Hollywood Inn Express North
2 out of 5
5131 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$2,242 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Hollywood City Inn
Hollywood City Inn
2 out of 5
1615 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$2,354 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Hollywood City Inn
Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel
Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel
3 out of 5
6141 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$2,607 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel
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