Photo Tour: Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles


There is only one dream that I recall vividly, and which conjures a deep longing in me.

I know it sounds weird.

It is a dream of myself 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 they glitter, mirroring the stars above.

It is my peaceful place.

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

I cannot get enough of it. I wish it wasn’t a 2.5 hour drive away, or I would visit every week.

Anyway, enough pining! Here is the photo tour.

Photo Tour

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

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

I wanted to have my engagement photos taken here. Alas, it was too far away, so we opted for Laguna Beach instead, which was also gorgeous!

Spot my sister in the red plaid and my dad behind her! They are lining up to look through a ginormous telescope. The staff frequently wheel out large telescopes and offer free telescope viewing sessions pointed towards planets or constellations.

Anyone who’s seen my photos knows that I’m obsessed with glass, metal and lines.

Oh and also lights!

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

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!

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!

It’s always been a dream of mine to visit a planetarium since I saw it in Gattaca. (A great sci-fi movie – watch it if you’re a science nerd like me.)

I love you Griffith Observatory. Good night.

Visitor Information

Admission is free and parking is $4/hour – a little steep, but when it used to be free, parking was insane. There was no parking on the weekends. Now you can park at the bottom of the hill and take a complimentary shuttle up. Personally I would just pay the parking fee. It’s worth skipping the hassle.

Hours of Operation

Griffith Observatory is open six days a week.

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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).

Seriously, if you’re visiting L.A., you cannot miss Griffith Observatory. Bring a camera!

Have you been to Griffith Observatory? Are you just as obsessed with it as I am? Share your thoughts!

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Lydia lives to eat, travel, take photos and write. She loves finding the answer to: “So what is the story behind this?“ She lives in California, USA with her husband and 3 fluffy mongrels (cats). In her free time, she enjoys daydreaming about traveling the world, and working hard on turning it into reality. Read more about her here.