With over 4,300 acres of gorgeous natural green space, Griffith Park is one of Los Angeles’ best attractions. It is the largest public park in the US, and boasts a huge variety of exciting activities, sights, and attractions, with every single member of the family catered for, from youngest to oldest.
Bordered by the LA River to the north and east and the Hollywood Hills to the west. To the south is the epic landscape of Beachwood Canyon and the park is one of the most picturesque spots that the City of Angels has to offer. The view is one of its best features, with a stunning panorama offering a bird’s-eye vista of pretty much the entire city.
It’s a wonderful place to get out of the hustle and bustle of LA life, take a breath, and get back to nature. If you are on a cruise from California, or just taking in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, a trip to Griffith Park will not disappoint.
Here are some of the best things to do in this excellent natural spot.
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Hike the trails
Griffith Park boasts over 50 miles of stunning hiking trails. It is also handy as you can head off on a trek without having to leave the city, undoubtedly one of the park’s best features. The trails are well signposted. One of them winds through the verdant glen of Fern Dell, the closest thing you’ll find to a wilderness in the big city at Bronson Caves, and bring you right up to the Griffith Observatory.
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Watch the stars
Griffith Observatory is an icon of the LA skyline. Built in 1935, it combines science with style. This gorgeous Art Deco building houses an amazing triple-beam solar telescope and a twin refracting Zeiss telescope. Both of which are available for visitors to use! Gaze out over LA from the deck, or watch the stars at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, one of the grandest and biggest planetarium domes on the planet!
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Discover the Old West
The Gene Autry Museum of the American West takes you on a fascinating journey of history of the ‘Wild West’. This Museum located within Griffith Park has an epic collection of buckskin, Native American artefacts, and Gold Rush era exhibits. It provides a delightful combination of myth, legend, and historic facts, and is one of LA’s most interesting cultural landmarks. If you love cowboy films this place is a must see attraction in L.A.
- The Museum does not open on Mondays.
- There is a large car park out front if you drive there.
- Admission $10 for adults.
Enjoy the La La Land Sunset
If you have seen the movie La La Land you might like to see one of the filming locations. Set in Griffith Park where the sunset scene and iconic dance was filmed. This location is called Cathy´s Corner. To get there it´s a 2 mile hike from the Griffith Observatory. You can´t go by car, its just off Mount Hollywood Drive. A spot popular with fans of the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling film.