Seeing is Believing at the Griffith Observatory
Our Private Tour Visits the
Griffith Observatory – Twice!
Familiar to movie lovers and close observers of myriad television shows, the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is as photogenic as any movie star. It is a jewel in the crown that is Griffith Park, more than 4,000 acres of parkland in the middle of Los Angeles donated to the city by Col. Griffith J. Griffith in 1896. With the help of astronomer George Ellery Hale and initial designs of Russell Porter the facility was opened to the public in 1935. As visible from the Los Angeles basin as the Hollywood Sign even better views can be enjoyed from the observatory itself looking southward from the Pacific Ocean in the west to beyond downtown where the San Jacinto Mountains rise up in the east (on clear winter days). Our private Los Angeles tour guests got a good view of the Griffith Observatory as we flew overhead on the first part of their combination air + ground tour of Los Angeles. After our helicopter landed we drove back to the observatory through the wonderful parkland for a chance to see the grand science museum’s exhibits. A tour in the evening permits additional views – the night sky as seen through the observatory telescopes.