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Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park free

2800 East Observatory Road; 4730 Crystal Springs Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Official website
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  • Type: Hiking, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 5.0 (4.9)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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The Griffith Observatory sits on the south face of Mount Hollywood and overlooks the Los Angeles basin. Its location gives visitors impressive views of L.A.'s wild, sprawling civilization pushing right up to the Pacific Ocean. But there's more than just a pretty photo-op here. The observatory hosts fascinating exhibitions and a fantastic planetarium. Most recent visitors cite the beautiful setting as the main reason why the Griffith Observatory is a must-see, though the free entry is certainly a major draw as well. However, you will have to pay between $3 and $7 to see the planatarium shows that occur every 60 to 90 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online or at the observatory the day of the show. The Griffith Observatory is open from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. For more information, check out the observatory's website.

If you're looking to spend some time outdoors (without fighting traffic to get to the beaches), Griffith Park is the place to be. This 4,200-acre stretch (Griffith Observatory only occupies a small portion of it) is the largest urban park in the country. The park features more than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails and numerous waterfalls and lagoons ideal for a quick swim. If communing with nature is not your idea of the perfect day, don't cross Griffith Park off your itinerary. You'll still find a variety of attractions catering to visitors of all ages, including the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Autry National Center of the American West, the Travel Town Museum and of course, the observatory.

Situated on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood, just north of Hollywood, Griffith Park is open to the public seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free, but individual attractions found within the park may charge entry fees. For more information, check out the Griffith Park website.

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