Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California
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Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California

Take a walk on the top of the of the Hollywood hills with a view overlooking the basin of Los Angeles, California from the Griffith Observatory

Welcome to 2011.  It came in with a bang and perfect timing to do some planning for the year in front of us. Here’s to making everyday better in our lives, one day at a time by putting one foot in front of the other, walking into 2011.  

One thing to do in Southern California is to visit the Griffith Observatory, located in Los Angeles (LA), California.  Whether you're traveling or just looking for a place to spend the day with family or friends.  Plan a trip to Griffith Park, admission to the park is free.

Panoramic Views from the park:

  • Overlooks the Los Angeles basin
  • Downtown Hollywood
  • On a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean
  • Best view of the famed “HOLLYWOOD” sign

It's a great way to spend the day and do some walking, enjoy the crisp air surrounded by trees and nature at the top of the Hollywood hills.  Try one of the many trails that offer several routes with views of the surrounding Hollywood hills and the north and south city basins below.  If you're walking, be sure to take some water with you and respect the park when disposing of your trash.  The park provides garden areas and comfortable benches to relax in-between the trails where you can rest or just watch the world go by. 

If you're into biking, this is the place where you can get your daily ride in while, you enjoy some downtime and get a good workout at the same time.  The park offers superb riding trails for the novice and the expert rider.

Griffith Observatory:

The observatory has been in operation for over 70 years.  The land was donated to the city of Los Angeles, by Col. Griffith J. Griffith a Welsh American Industrialist, who asked that the funds from his will, be used specially to build the observatory, planetarium and exhibits on this site.  If you’re into science and exploration be sure to take time and visit the observatory, you won't be disappointed. 

Enjoy a meal on the patio areas or just relax and enjoy the spectacular views and beautiful sunsets.  No matter how many times you visit the park, the museum continues to intrigue its visitors with a glimpse of space and time discoveries from the past and possibilities of the future.

Over the years the park has become a star in its own right as a prime filming location.  Its location has been seen in several movies as far back as “Rebel Without a Cause” in 1955, starring James Dean, with a bust of Dean sitting on the west side of the grounds.

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