A Visit to Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Location: Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Date: 22 January 2014, PM

If you ever find yourself in the sprawling, massive metroplex that is Los Angeles, hire a car and head up to the Griffith Observatory!

  • The road that snakes its way up Mount Hollywood to the park/observatory isn’t for the faint of heart!
  • Entry is free, but paying to see one of the stunning planetarium shows is highly recommended
  • There are spectacular views of the city of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign
  • It’s worth staying to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean
  • (Despite the haze)
  • There are plenty of exhibits inside: a Tesla coil, a huge swinging Foucault Pendulum as you enter, displays of the planets of our solar system, a “real life” periodic table, and, of course, the planetarium shows (complete with live narration)
  • (And a gift shop. I got a hat.)
  • Enjoy a drink at the cafe and realise just how many movies and television programmes have been filmed here: Terminator (1984), Transformers (2007), Rebel Without A Cause (1955) (There’s a bust of James Dean), La La Land (2016)
  • If you enjoy hiking, the park itself boasts several walking routes
  • If you have a keen interest in astronomy, you absolutely must visit!

Gallery

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Griffith Observatory (iPhone 5S)
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Astronomers Monument (Canon M)
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To-scale Solar System Map (Canon M)
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A Hummingbird Feeding on a Bird of Paradise Flower (Canon M)
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Dome (Canon M)
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View from the Roof. Pepsi is Popular (Canon M)
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Dome (Canon M)
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Solar System Exhibit (Canon M)
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Bronze Statue of Albert Einstein (Canon M)
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Moonrock (Canon M)
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Astronomers Monument (Canon M)
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Astronomers Monument (Canon M)
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Hollywood Sign (Canon M)
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In the Evening Light (Canon M)
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Downtown Los Angeles (Canon M)
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A Hazy Sunset Over the Pacific Ocean (Canon M)
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Downtown Los Angeles (Canon M)
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Dome (Canon M)
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Downtown Los Angeles (Canon M)
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Sunset Over Los Angeles (iPhone 5S)
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Griffith Observatory (Canon M)

To view full-resolution versions of the photographs, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/grhmthmsn/albums/72157688526853862

— Graham (@grhmthmsn)

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