Paging my inner Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling– there’s nothing I’d rather do than tap dance into the stratosphere at one of my favorite Los Angeles locations (recently featured in La La Land) on this gloomy, rainy day. Sitting on top of the south facing slope of Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory is a popular location for tourists and locals alike, and has been since 1935.
Witnessing the morning fog lift and give way to an unadulterated view, from the Hollywood sign to the Pacific Ocean, is the perfect way to start your day.
Griffith Observatory is so much more than a great view. Thanks to Colonel Griffith, who donated funds to build an observatory, exhibit hall and planetarium, his vision to make astronomy more accessible to the public became a reality. He insisted that the science and space exhibits shouldn’t be restricted to scientists, but available to all who want to learn more.
Unlike in La La Land, visitors can only frolic through the different exhibits during certain hours; Planetarium shows at the Observatory are from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. The Planetarium shows cost $7 and tickets sell out quickly. There is also a telescope open to the public at night.
I miraculously found a parking spot in the small lot directly in front of the Observatory. There is consistently heavy traffic at the Observatory so the lot is often filled to capacity. I recommend visiting in the morning to avoid traffic. There is also parking along the hill which may require a bit of walking.
I highly recommend visiting Griffith Observatory to learn more about the stars, the sky and Los Angeles.