Hollywood and the Stars on a Los Angeles Tour
The Nighttime Stars Come Out in the Day at the Griffith Observatory.
On a hilltop overlooking Hollywood and offering sweeping views of the Los Angeles basin, Santa Monica Bay, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills and Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Observatory is a not-to-be-missed stop on a private Los Angeles tour. One of the best science museums on the west coast and whose history alone makes it worthy to visit, the grand observatory provides an experience any guest will remember. Built with monies dedicated by Griffith Griffith, of Griffith Park fame, who wanted astronomy made accessible to the general public and not hidden away on distant mountaintops, the museum opened in 1935 to staggeringly large crowds eager to visit the grounds and see the exhibits. The distinctive architecture of Russell Porter is a visible landmark from much of Los Angeles and has been featured in a vast number of films (most notably Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean in 1955), television shows, commercials and advertisements.