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Griffith Observatory

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.

Popular Activities at Griffith Observatory

Give yourself loads of time at Griffith Observatory. Here are the most popular activities:

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Loews Hollywood Hotel ¥23,840
Loews Hollywood Hotel

Loews Hollywood Hotel

1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 and TCL Chinese Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Hollywood - Highland Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hollywood - Vine Station is 17 minutes.

    Americas Best Value Inn Hollywood Los Angeles ¥10,850
    Americas Best Value Inn Hollywood Los Angeles

    Americas Best Value Inn Hollywood Los Angeles

    5265 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hollywood, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hollywood Palladium, Melrose Avenue, and Pantages Theatre. Capitol Records Tower and Paramount Studios are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hollywood - Western Station is 9 minutes by foot and Vermont - Sunset Station is 15 minutes.

      Villa Heavens View
      Villa Heavens View

      Villa Heavens View

      2121 N Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Los Angeles, this villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pantages Theatre, Capitol Records Tower, and Greek Theatre. Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hollywood - Western Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Villa Emerson
        Villa Emerson

        Villa Emerson

        2115 North Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Los Angeles, this villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pantages Theatre, Capitol Records Tower, and Greek Theatre. Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hollywood - Western Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Travelodge by Wyndham Hollywood-Vermont/Sunset ¥8,546
          Travelodge by Wyndham Hollywood-Vermont/Sunset

          Travelodge by Wyndham Hollywood-Vermont/Sunset

          1401 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hollywood, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Melrose Avenue, Pantages Theatre, and Capitol Records Tower. Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame are also within 3 mi (5 km). Vermont - Sunset Station is only a 2-minute walk and Vermont - Santa Monica Station is 11 minutes.

            Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel of Hollywood ¥17,231
            Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel of Hollywood

            Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel of Hollywood

            1160 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Greek Theatre, Pantages Theatre and Griffith Observatory. Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Bowl are also within 6 mi (10 km). Vermont - Santa Monica Station is 5 minutes by foot and Vermont - Sunset Station is 8 minutes.

              Sheraton Universal Hotel ¥20,745
              Sheraton Universal Hotel

              Sheraton Universal Hotel

              333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Universal City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Universal Studios Hollywood™ and Universal CityWalk. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 mi (5 km). Universal City Station is only a 5-minute walk.

                Hollywood City Inn ¥13,298
                Hollywood City Inn

                Hollywood City Inn

                1615 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Hollywood, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hollywood Palladium, Pantages Theatre, and Melrose Avenue. Capitol Records Tower and Hollywood Walk of Fame are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hollywood - Western Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hollywood - Vine Station is 20 minutes.