A Sci-fi/Space Lover’s Dream: Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles


There is only one dream that I recall vividly. It never fails to conjure a deep longing inside of me. Like I was meant to be there, or that I’ve been there in another life, but I haven’t. 

I know it sounds weird.

I dream of being alone in a dark hall with black marble floors and a large glass dome for a ceiling. It is night time. The moon casts a soft glow on the floors, and the black quartz floors glitter, mirroring the stars above.

It is my peaceful place. My happy place.

And Griffith Observatory is the closest I have come to this place.

This is why I cannot get enough of it. I’ll never get enough. I wish it wasn’t a 2.5 hour drive away, or I’d be here every week. 

Anyway, enough pining! Here are some photos!


Feast upon amazing sunset view from the Griffith Observatory. Perched on top of a hill, Griffith Observatory offers unparalleled views of LA, matched only by the views from the Getty Center.

My mom and the Hollywood sign! TOURIST ALERT! Yes, you can see the Hollywood sign from here!

I reeeeally wanted to have my engagement photos taken here. Alas, it was too far away, so we opted for Laguna Beach instead. I fully plan on carting my DSLR and tripod here and taking selfies in the near future. 

My sister (red plaid sweater) and my dad in line to look through a ginormous telescope. The staff frequently wheel out large, high-quality telescopes and offer FREE telescope viewing sessions of planets and/or constellations.

Anyone who’s seen my photos knows that I’m obsessed with glass, metal and straight lines. I’m sure there’s a fancy architecture term for this. I do not know this term.

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Amazing view of LA by night. It’s MUCH better in person.

GORGEOUS star-studded corridor leading to the cafe/gift store.

They have a killer planetarium – the Samuel Oschin Planetarium – with various shows available. I highly recommend you see at least one. My favorite is the Centered in the Universe because you get to see stars and constellations! 

Of all the planetariums I’ve been to (three), this one was the best.

You can buy tickets at the box office – they run at $7/adult, or $5 for students/seniors. Visit the website  for show times so you don’t miss them.

Have you seen the movie Gattaca? If yes, you’re awesome, and remember the planetarium scene? I’ve dreamt of visiting a planetarium since I watched the movie in high school. Griffith Observatory made me realize my dreams. If you haven’t seen the movie and you’re a science geek, go watch it. 

I love you Griffith Observatory. Good night.

Visitor Information

Admission is free and parking is $4/hour. Parking used to be free, but near impossible. There was no parking available on the weekends, unless you circled a gazillion times. Now you can park at the bottom of the hill and take a complimentary shuttle up. Personally, I would just pay the parking fee. But that’s just because I’m lazy.

Hours of Operation

Griffith Observatory is open six days a week.

Weekdays (Tuesday – Friday) Open 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.
Weekends (Saturday – Sunday) Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Mondays Closed

Observatory grounds and parking are usually open whenever Griffith Park is Open (sunrise to 10:00 p.m. daily).

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Seriously, if you’re visiting L.A., you MUST go visit the Griffith Observatory.

Have you been to Griffith Observatory? Are you just as obsessed with it as I am?