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One of my favorite places in Los Angeles is the Griffith Observatory. It’s iconic. It’s nerdy. It’s free. (Yes, can you believe it there is something to do for free in Los Angeles).

Built in 1935 in the Hollywood Hills, the building is an important place for astronomers to further their research.

Today this icon is a hot-spot in Los Angeles, popular with both locals and tourists. The Griffith Observatory is one of the best spots for hiking in the city, with trails beginning here that lead all over the Hollywood Hills.

Travel blogger Lauren Salisbury of Something In Her Ramblings sees a Griffith Observatory view

The mission of the Griffith Observatory is to “inspire everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.”

With this mission in mind, I’ll keep this post short and let you ponder some of my favorite shots taken from the Observatory’s grounds. Take in the beautiful Griffith Observatory views and let them inspire you!

Los Angeles Griffith Observatory Views


 Downtown Los Angeles

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For the best views of downtown Los Angeles, visit the Griffith Observatory. On a clear day like this one you can see for miles.

James Dean

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Scenes from the classic James Dean Film “Rebel Without A Cause” were filmed here. This statue commemorates Dean’s influence.

High-Rise Buildings

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The city of Los Angeles is 472 square miles and home to 3.8 million residents.

Art Deco Architecture

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Built in 1935, the Griffith Observatory is a fine example of Art-Deco architecture in Los Angeles.

Have you been to the Griffith Observatory? What is your favorite Griffith Observatory view? Let me know in the comments below!