Griffith Observatory

For those of you who don’t know, I lived in Los Angeles, CA for about 3-4 years. It was one of the most incredible journey’s of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. In all of my time living there though, I didn’t really partake in many of the typical touristy activities. I mean I was a local, why would I do that? Now, all that has changed. Every time I head back to the West Coast, I make it a point to do something that I haven’t done and the Griffith observatory was pretty high on that list.

The Griffith Observatory is one of the most notable and iconic buildings in LA. It is located in Griffith Park above Los Feliz on the South side of Mount Hollywood (yes, that’s a thing) and having never been there, it definitely took some finagling through the winding park roads. Griffith is completely free and features exhibits, an incredible telescope and some of the best views of both Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign. Griffith is listed as the third planetarium in the US and houses the most used telescope in the world.

I probably spent a good 2 hours just meandering through the park trying to take it all in. On a clear day you can see straight out to the Pacific, but on any day you will have your breath taken away at the beauty that is LA. I know, I know, LA isn’t often viewed as a beautiful city, but when you’re standing 1,134 feet above sea level, there’s a certain feeling that comes over you. High above the traffic and the lights, it’s almost as though nothing else exists and in LA that’s not a feeling you get very often.

Aside from those incredible views however, there are also exhibits where you can learn something. So for the price of nothing, you get incredible sites and gain some knowledge. My favorite exhibits are on the lower level and are all space driven, but they are all unique, beautiful and a bit educational.

Los Angeles is so much more than just celebrities but sometimes it takes a bit of digging to find it all.




16 thoughts on “Griffith Observatory

  1. Ally says:

    Totally will need to do this next time I’m in LA! Have only been once but the only touristy thing we did was go to Rodeo Drive. This is a great reminder to explore our own cities! Glad you got to do this on your visit back 🙂

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    • Emily says:

      Get there! And the getty! They do a free or discounted night each week at the getty which is closer to the show so the views are awesome and completely different from Griffith.


  2. Flo says:

    I love places like this that show a different side to the city. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! Will have to make it to the observatory the next time I’m in LA 🙂

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  3. thetravelpockets says:

    Every time I went hiking in Griffith the Observatory was closed. I had no idea that it is listed as the third planetarium in the US! Now I really need to get back there and go on a day that it is open 🙂

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    • Emily says:

      Whenever people say they hate la all I think is that they didn’t see the right part. There’s something about being in water or on a hill that changes everything about a place.


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