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Griffith Observatory

Head for LA's renowned observatory and planetarium to see both the cosmos and panoramic vistas over the City of Angels.

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Los Angeles: Best of LA Bus Tour

1. Los Angeles: Best of LA Bus Tour

Take in LA's top attractions on a guided bus tour. See the sights you want on a customized tour with plenty of photo opportunities. Take in Hollywood, Paramount Studios, the Greek Theatre, and more. Stop at Santa Monica Pier and Beach, the Original Farmers Market, and the Griffith Observatory. Meet your guide on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Climb aboard the bus and head straight to Santa Monica. On the drive, listen to entertaining stories and take in Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive. See views of the affluent Bel-Air neighborhood and the Getty. Next, stop at Santa Monica Pier and Beach for an hour to explore the famous boardwalk, shop along the 3rd Street Promenade, and see why Southern California is famous for its beaches. Head back to the bus to take in Culver City and Museum Row. Get insider tips on the best restaurants and museums. Then, stop for an hour's lunch break at the Grove/the Original Famers Market, known for some of LA's best dining and shopping. Once sated, climb aboard the bus to be taken to your last stop. On the way, see the sights of Fairfax, Melrose, Paramount Studios, the Greek Theatre, and Griffith Park. Stop at the Griffith Observatory for an hour, where you can take in sweeping views of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. Take photos of the Hollywood Sign from the best angle. As you head back to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to end your tour, see the Capitol Records Building and explore more of Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles: LA Grand Tour

2. Los Angeles: LA Grand Tour

Get a feel for the City of Angels with this full-day tour to some of its key sights. Experience a selection of its main attractions including ocean views and the Walk of Fame. After departing at 10:00 AM from Sunset Boulevard, be driven first to Santa Monica Pier. Stop here for 1 hour to take a walk down the pier, see beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and visit the 3rd Street Promenade. Next, drive to an outdoor farmer's market for a 1-hour lunch stop. Here you can enjoy some of the best food in LA, freshly prepared from local produce. Enjoy family-friendly activities and shop at the famous Grove in Beverly Hills. Then, head for the Griffith Observatory for views of the Hollywood Sign, space and science exhibits, and downtown LA. Finally, travel to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Check out Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and take a photo with your favorite celebrity's star.

Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Hike

3. Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Hike

See stunning views of Los Angeles on a guided hike to Griffith Park and a tour of the Griffith Observatory Museum. Get your heart pumping on a hike, see famous filming locations, and see thousands of stars from the Griffith Observatory. Begin your tour with a 3.6-mile hike up to the highest peak in Griffith Park with a local guide. As you hike, take in jaw-dropping views of Los Angeles. Hear incredible tales of Hollywood history. Make multiple stops for Instagram photos, bathroom breaks, and visits to famous filming locations. Finish your hike at the grounds of the world-famous Griffith Observatory Museum. Once you’ve snagged some beautiful panoramic views of Los Angeles from the summit, walk over to an overlook to snag a picture-perfect shot of the Hollywood Sign. Finally, head over to the Griffith Observatory and wrap up your Los Angeles tour with a grand finale of (literal) stars, unforgettable views, and memories to last a lifetime.

Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Guided Tour

4. Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Guided Tour

Discover the latest findings in astronomy and space exploration, hear about meteors and comets, and follow a curated journey through space and time on this small-group guided tour. Enter the Keck Central Rotunda, enjoy the beautiful Hugo Ballin Murals here, and spot the elegant Foucault Pendulum which shows the Earth's rotation. Investigate the interaction between science and mythology. Learn everything from science and history to architecture and movie trivia with your guide. Explore the moon landing and space debris in the Edge of Space exhibition. Walk around a spectacular scale model of the solar system outside and appreciate the beautiful vista from the terraces looking over Los Angeles Griffith Park, Mt. Wilson, the Pacific Ocean, and the impressive Hollywood sign. Choose to add a show in the world-famous planetarium theater. Experience a 40-minute immersive show with live narration that is truly out of this world.

Los Angeles, Hollywood, & Beverly Hills Afternoon City Tour

5. Los Angeles, Hollywood, & Beverly Hills Afternoon City Tour

Start with an afternoon pickup from select hotels in Downtown Los Angeles, then travel with your small group through downtown Los Angeles. Get a look at art and culture venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Walt Disney Concert Hall—designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Stop at the Griffith Park Observatory and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Hollywood Sign. Then pause in the center of Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. There you will see Graumann's Chinese Theater with its celebrity handprints and footprints. You will also see the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and the Dolby theater, the permanent home of the Academy Awards. Next, cruise along the Sunset Strip and into Beverly Hills, where your guide will show you the Beverly Hills sign, as well as homes owned by movie stars and other famous folks. Then continue through Beverly Hills and through the trendy Mid Wilshire district and through Koreatown before arriving back in Downtown Los Angeles.

Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory

6. Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory

See iconic locations from your favorite films and television shows on this guided hike that takes you above Los Angeles. Start your tour at Franklin's Cafe and Market in Los Feliz, a neighborhood that’s home to celebrities and hopefuls. On this 2-hour tour you’ll pass the Greek Theater before heading off the paved road and into the LA wilderness. Take a short, steep path that rewards with stunning views of the city in all directions. During the half-hour hike you’ll ascend the equivalent of 12 flights of stairs at a leisurely pace, making frequent stops to admire the views and hear about the history of this place. As you approach the Griffith Observatory, the iconic Hollywood sign will come into view and provide a spectacular backdrop for your photos! The Griffith Observatory is an Art Deco masterpiece that is considered the hood ornament of Los Angeles. After the tour you have the option of entering the building (free of charge) or to take the short hike back with your guide.

Los Angeles: Private Walking Tour of Griffith Observatory

7. Los Angeles: Private Walking Tour of Griffith Observatory

Learn about modern architecture, science, movie history, and the history of Los Angeles. Begin in the Observatory’s central rotunda, where you’ll gaze at overhead murals inspired by Greek myth. Next, learn about the inventor Nikola Tesla and his 50,000-volt Tesla Coil, which is on exhibit. Discover how the solar system works and look through a telescope to see sun spots. Experience a spectacular show with the help of a Zeiss star projector and a state-of-the-art digital projection system. Descend into the depths of space and view the night sky like you’ve never before. Learn more about seismology, the L.A. earthquakes and the Pacific Rim of Fire as you stand next to an active seismograph.  At night, wait in line for the 12-inch Zeiss telescope. One-of-a-kind and German-made, it gives viewers an unparalleled and intimate look at the planets and stars, depending on the weather and schedule.

Los Angeles and Hollywood: 5-Hour Private Day-Trip

8. Los Angeles and Hollywood: 5-Hour Private Day-Trip

A private day-trip is one of the best ways to discover Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the surrounding areas. Not only you will not have to share the trip with strangers, but you will also be able to customize it as you go. Start with convenient pickup from your chosen location, before seeing the best of what Hollywood and Los Angeles has to offer. You could choose to visit famous landmarks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, walk along the Santa Monica Pier, and so much more. Take things at your own pace, with the chance to stop for dining, shopping, snapshots, or go for a stroll to the beach or the town.

Los Angeles: Self-Guided Tour of Iconic Filming Locations

9. Los Angeles: Self-Guided Tour of Iconic Filming Locations

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, this self-guided driving tour of Los Angeles Filming Locations is flexible and customizable. Choose which spots you want to see most and go right to them. To get started, simply download the app, then follow the audio instructions and route. As an added perk, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots of interior rooms. Visit the site where Joe Mantell uttered the famous words “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown” in Roman Polanski’s all-time classic, “Chinatown,” and take in some striking scenery while you’re there. See a courthouse from “The Dark Knight Rises,” a police station from “Blade Runner,” and a bank from “Catch Me if You Can," all the same building: Union Station. If old-timey sci-fi is more your speed, check out the Los Angeles City Hall, featured in “War of the Worlds” and “The Adventures of Superman.” Take some time to check out the Bradbury Building, where the climactic final showdown takes place in “Blade Runner.” Discover some surprising facts about that famous scene. Banks tend not to fare too well in Hollywood, and this couldn’t be truer of the next stop, where Doc Oc wreaked havoc in “Spiderman 2” and Jim Carrey was robbed in “The Mask.” If you’re into surrealism, you’ll find it at the Palace Theater, which doubled as the mysterious Club Silencio in David Lynch’s mind-bending “Mulholland Drive.” Fans of the supernatural can’t miss the Cicada Club, the setting of one season of “American Horror Story.” Stop at Millennium Biltmore, where the ghostbusters catch their first ghost (and break a few things in the process). If you’ve ever wondered how Hollywood gets away with all its destruction, you’ll get a glimpse of that here. Travelers needing a meal break can dine like Denzel at the Pacific Dining Car, where Denzel Washington’s character takes Ethan Hawke for a meal in the cop thriller “Training Day.” Those with a bad case of nostalgia will definitely want to stop by Echo Park Lake, home to none other than the lagoon from “Gilligan’s Island.” For the contemporary film-lover, this park is also home of Dom’s house in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Take a step back in time at the Music Box Steps, where Laurel and Hardy performed one of their most iconic bits. Head to The Virgil for a more contemporary musical landmark. This was where Lady Gaga first performed in “A Star Is Born.” Most high schools never see a serious film crew, but it’s part of the culture at John Marshall High School, which has served as a set for everything from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Finally, pay a picturesque visit to Griffith Observatory. This observatory wasn’t just a filming site for movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” and “La La Land,” it also offers the best views of Los Angeles anyone could ask for. Finish off your tour by getting close to the famous Hollywood sign and seeing the whole city sparkling below.

Los Angeles/Hollywood: 7 Hours Private Day Trip

10. Los Angeles/Hollywood: 7 Hours Private Day Trip

See the sights of Los Angeles and its vibrant neighborhoods at your own pace with a private driver and vehicle at your disposal for 7 hours. Start with a convenient pickup from your chosen location, before seeing the best of what Hollywood and Los Angeles has to offer. Visit famous landmarks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, walk along the Santa Monica Pier, and so much more. Take things at your own pace, with the chance to stop for dining, shopping, snapshots, go for a stroll to the beach, the town, or stop by Long Beach Shoreline to admire RSM Queen Mary.

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What people are saying about Griffith Observatory

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 551 reviews

This excursion was the HIGHLIGHT of mine and mum's trip when we visited relatives in downtown LA end May. Bing our tour guide went above and beyond in making our trip memorable. Even my cousin who lives in LA was so impressed with all her knowledge of the area that he too even said for him there were many info he hasn't heard before. This isn't just a tour, Bing explained the different type of areas, its history and who and when the celebrity lived at such place. I love her pragmatic approach and attention to detail making sure we were at each destination on time! It's as if we knew each other. Overall i would give this trip 10 7 stars. It's a shame a few members in our group couldn't adhere to time keeping. They were so ignorant! But that didn't spoil our trip. I will not hesitate to recommend this City tour to friends and family as i know they will be look after from beginning until the end! Thank you so much Bing! You were magical!. Come to England sometime! :) Jo x

First upon arrival at the tour pick up point go into the shop and check in. The drivers when ready will call out names and assign seats on a bus. We did the 7 hour tour and loved every minute of it. You get the right amount of time at each location. Driver was informative and helpful. Great day out.

Although the tour lasts 5 hours, it is very entertaining. Our driver Jerry commented on the journey with insider knowledge and his own stories. The breaks were sufficient to eat or take pictures. The whole family had fun on the tour!

A great tour!! You see a lot of different places and have the opportunity to visit them during the tour.

Great tour. Paul was very knowledgeable about each area of the city.