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Griffith Park

Griffith Park

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4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, 90027

The Basics

Griffith Park is an ideal escape from LA’s bustling city center. Visitors can rent bicycles and tour the park on two wheels, join a guided hike or horseback ride up to the Hollywood sign, or explore a multitude of museums, golf courses, tennis courts, and hiking trails. Budding astronomers can visit the landmark Griffith Observatory, which boasts rooftop telescopes plus the world’s most advanced star projector, while kids love the Los Angeles Zoo and its 250 animal species. Don’t miss the Travel Town Museum, which features dozens of vintage railcars and locomotives; the Museum of the American West, where kids can pan for gold and explore a stagecoach; and the Griffith Park merry-go-round with its carved and colorfully painted horses. If you’re short on time, visit the park on a Los Angeles day tour to also see city highlights such as Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Los Angeles

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Great views. Great exercise. Very fun.
Ian_M, Aug 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Emily was a great guide. Knowledgeable and personable. She was vet accommodating and out everyone’s preferences and safety first.
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We had such a fun time on...
Autumn_L, Sep 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
We had such a fun time on our Hollywood sign hike, definitely one of the highlights of the trip! Our tour guide Erik made the whole experience even better, he was knowledgeable and gave us great recommendations! Definitely a tour that’s worth it!
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Eric Martinez rocked this tour!
Doretha_E, Aug 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Let me tell you how awesome our tour guide, Eric Martinez, made my visit to Griffith Park so great! Not only was he a wealth of knowledge about the park’s and California’s history but he oozes personality on top of that and making it feel like you are having a conservation with an old friend. Loved the entire experience.
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Fantastic Experience A+++
Michael_W, Sep 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Our tour guide, George, was the best !! Extremely knowledgeable & entertaining. Would recommend him without reservation.
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Breathtaking Hike
Pa_T, Sep 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
We had a great time with our hiking crew plus our tour guy Harris. Learned a lot about LA. Definitely doing this again and would recommend to family and friends.
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Great Hike!
Nicole_V, Aug 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Absolutely loved the Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park!!! I went with 2 other friends and we all had an amazing time. Our guide, Erick M. was very knowledgeable and patient with us all because we were a little slower than the rest of the group going up hill. He was super friendly and also took a lot of our pics. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting LA :)
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Amazing! Must DO
Bibiana_S, Sep 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
The hiking was incredible. A must do if visiting LA. George our guide was fun and made the tour memorable. 20/10! Experience was great. Bring water! It was hot. We learned from the city while enjoying nature.
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LA & Hollywood Sign Adventures
Sean_P, Mar 2021
Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory
Chris was an awesome and informative guide and his dog was an adorable bonus on our hike. I highly recommend this hike and ask for your guide Chris! You won’t regret it.
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George the super tour guide
Marian_J, Aug 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
The hike was amazing! It was my first time hiking and out tour guide George was beyond amazing!! He kept us informed and entertained the entire hike. We taught is a lot about the history and we learned a little about him. If I was to hike again without a doubt I’d ask for George from Chicago. Amazing!!
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Shepard Family
Charles S, Nov 2019
Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory
Our guide was very informative and patient. Had a great time!
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Worth it!
Jaime_L, Aug 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Great hike and even better tour guide. Sara made the trip! She was very knowledgeable….shared interesting stories abt the history of LA and what we were seeing. She was also hilarious, patient and fun to be arnd!
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So much fun!
Sabrina_F, Aug 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Great tour! Beautiful scenic views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign. Hike was tons of fun and our tour guide Sarah was amazing!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and plenty of water.

  • Pack a lunch to enjoy the park’s many scenic picnic areas.

  • Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times.

  • A trip to the observatory is ideal for visitors with limited mobility thanks to its plentiful parking, expansive views, and relatively flat ground.

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How to Get There

Griffith Park is located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood. Access to the park is easiest by car, and parking is free. For information and maps, stop by the Griffith Park Ranger Station at Crystal Springs Drive. On weekends, holidays, and during summer, the park’s higher elevations can be congested with heavy traffic, so it’s best to use the DASH Observatory Shuttle to access Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign.

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When to Get There

Griffith Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Opening hours for attractions within the park vary. Summer is LA’s busiest season, but spring and autumn visitors can benefit from decreased smog levels and fewer crowds. January and February can be rainy, so pack an umbrella if visiting in winter.

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Movies Filmed in Griffith Park

Being in La La Land, it’s no surprise that Griffith Park stars in more than a few films and TV shows. James Dean and his classmates take a trip to the Griffith Observatory inRebel Without a Cause, and the park’s Bronson Caves were featured in the 1960s TV showsBatman andStar Trek. Ron Burgundy ofAnchorman fame fights bears in the Los Angeles Zoo, Conrad Birdie serenades Ann-Margret at the Greek Theater in the classic musicalBye Bye Birdie, and the tunnel to Toontown inWho Framed Roger Rabbit? leads to the Griffith Observatory.

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