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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.

Get the most out of your time at Griffith Observatory. Here's a list of some of the top things to do:

You should consider checking out a Hollywood Sign & Griffith Park Hiking Tour or a #1 Hollywood Sign Hike + Griffith Observatory Tour during your visit. These experiences are a couple of the most sought-after.

Examine our Los Angeles things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're in the area.


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La Casa Del Rey Suites ¥6,515
La Casa Del Rey Suites

La Casa Del Rey Suites

1516 N Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hollywood, this hotel 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 8 minutes by foot and Vermont - Sunset Station is 17 minutes.

    Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel of Hollywood ¥14,633
    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, Griffith Observatory and Pantages Theatre. 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.

      Americas Best Value Inn Hollywood Los Angeles ¥10,984
      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.

        The Dixie Hollywood ¥9,384
        The Dixie Hollywood

        The Dixie Hollywood

        5410 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Hollywood, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hollywood and Vine, Pantages Theatre, and Capitol Records Tower. Melrose Avenue 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.

          Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel ¥12,402
          Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel

          Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel

          6141 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hollywood, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Capitol Records Tower and TCL Chinese Theatre. Hollywood Bowl and Paramount Studios are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hollywood - Vine Station is 7 minutes by foot and Hollywood - Western Station is 21 minutes.

            Travelodge by Wyndham Hollywood-Vermont/Sunset ¥8,826
            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, Griffith Observatory, and Pantages Theatre. Capitol Records Tower 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 Inn Express North ¥7,752
              Hollywood Inn Express North

              Hollywood Inn Express North

              5131 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Hollywood, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Barnsdall Art Park, Pantages Theatre, and Hollywood Palladium. Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hollywood - Western Station is 8 minutes by foot and Vermont - Sunset Station is 15 minutes.

                Hollywood City Inn ¥10,733
                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.