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Private Tour Photo of the Griffith Observatory
Los Angeles, Hollywood, perfect summer weather — the Griffith Observatory is clearly seen on the promontory above through the trees and structures. Like the Hollywood Sign nearby these two structures create landmarks visible from almost everywhere in the Los Angeles basin. While the Hollywood Sign is a destination for almost every private Los Angeles tour we guide we are always pleased to take our guests up to the observatory whenever they wish to see the beautiful (recently restored) structure and enjoy the views from there. Hint: It is a perfect location for wedding photographs, graduation pictures, proposing marriage, renewing vows, going steady and just watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
Los Angeles Tour Like a Hawk
Golden Time is what the filmmakers call it, that late afternoon golden light accompanied by long shadows and clear skies. As the hawks and other local raptors glide the updrafts looking for small prey emerging as the day cools, we flew with our private Los Angeles tour guests on a luxury French helicopter over the 4,300 acre urban forest of L.A. — Griffith Park. The Griffith Observatory is a monument to astronomy as it sits on a bluff overlooking Hollywood and the Los Angeles basin. It offers great views of the city, the Santa Monica Bay and mountains, Beverly Hills and Century City and on very clear days the Channel Islands and Palos Verdes Peninsula. Inside there are great views of the night skies through telescopes and in the planetarium. Though the observatory did not open until 1935, the land and the promise of an astronomical museum was given in 1896 by Colonel Griffith Griffith for whom the park and observatory are named.
It is still summer in Los Angeles, temperatures in the mid-70s-80s, clear blue skies, the Channel Islands coming into view from the mainland as the marine layer disperses, so it is not surprising that our private luxury tour guests decide to engage us on hiking tours around Los Angeles. It is a different sightseeing thing to do that we really enjoy providing. Griffith Park is one of our favorite hiking destinations (as well as the Hollywood Sign trail and Runyon Canyon). All of these urban trails are easy and scenic with lots of photo opportunities like the one above that we took while climbing up toward the Griffith Park Observatory.
Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, is home to the Griffith Observatory, a wonderful science museum focusing on our place in the cosmos. We drive up there often with our guests on our private luxury tours of Los Angeles to see the museum and the amazing views afforded by its mountainside location overlooking the city and Hollywood. On clear days you can see the beaches and Catalina Island. At night the views are even more spectacular with dazzling lights and colors plus you have the night sky to watch. In the front of the observatory there is a bust of James Dean, a star you can touch! What James Dean movie was filmed at the observatory (hint below)?