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Griffith Observatory

Vacation Travel Guide
Griffith Observatory showing a city, an observatory and landscape views

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
The price is NT$3,819 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 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 (949 reviews)
"I liked that it was close by and clean"

Reviewed on 2021/7/21

The Dixie Hollywood
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$6,507 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Hollywood Wax Museum and Hollywood and Highland Center. Dolby Theater ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,693 reviews)
"This is a good hotel choice considering the great location, the price and service they offer either the front desk, room service, mini market-cafeteria, etc. I had a great experience during hotel stay. I recommend this hotel. Even though, I have plan on no returning to LA because did not like the ..."

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Loews Hollywood Hotel
Villa Heavens View
Villa Heavens View
3.5 out of 5
2121 N Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Griffith Observatory

Travelodge by Wyndham Hollywood-Vermont/Sunset
Travelodge by Wyndham Hollywood-Vermont/Sunset
2 out of 5
1401 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$2,349 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Travelodge by Wyndham Hollywood-Vermont/Sunset
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$6,507 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Loews Hollywood Hotel
The Dixie Hollywood
The Dixie Hollywood
3 out of 5
5410 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$3,819 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 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
Americas Best Value Inn Hollywood Los Angeles
Americas Best Value Inn Hollywood Los Angeles
2 out of 5
5265 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$2,847 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Americas Best Value Inn Hollywood Los Angeles
Hollywood Inn Express North
Hollywood Inn Express North
2 out of 5
5131 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$2,948 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Hollywood Inn Express North
W Hollywood
W Hollywood
4 out of 5
6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$7,512 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
W Hollywood
Hollywood City Inn
Hollywood City Inn
2 out of 5
1615 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$3,635 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Hollywood City Inn
Kimpton Everly Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Everly Hotel, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
1800 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NT$5,632 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Kimpton Everly Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.