We haven’t actually done much in and around LA since we’ve been here, which seems crazy as we’re only an hour away. We had a free day on Sunday so headed to Griffith Observatory for the afternoon.
The observatory is located in Griffith Park, a huge urban park in LA, home to miles of hiking trails and the famous Hollywood sign. It would be a great place to take Charlie as dogs are allowed in most areas of the park on a lead. We didn’t take him this time as you can’t take them in the building and I wouldn’t leave him in the car in the sunshine.
We parked near the entrance to the park and headed up the hills, where you get some amazing views over LA. When you get to the observatory you get a great view of the Hollywood sign, so I spent a while taking photos!
The observatory is actually a really cool building, and it’s very photogenic, which makes a nice change. The grounds and the observatory are free to enter, and it’s a really popular tourist attraction so was very busy on a Sunday afternoon.
Inside there are a lot of exhibits about science and space, it was right up Kristian’s street. We spent a couple of hours geeking out and learning about planets and telescopes!
The actual telescope is open from 7pm so I think we’ll be making another trip there in the evening to take a look at the stars. Plus I think the views over LA at sunset and in the evening will be incredible – I need to practice my night photography skills!
You can walk all around the observatory and up onto the roof, giving more amazing views over downtown LA. On a clear day you can see all the way to the ocean, but the fog often gets in the way.
I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to visit – we’ll definitely be heading back for a peek through the telescope, and a wander around Griffith Park with the dog!