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Griffith Park

Griffith Park

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3,243 Reviews
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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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Fun and interesting
Michael_D, Jul 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Matt our tour guide was very informative and polite, had to deal with some uncharacteristic behavior from a few members of our group, but handled it in a professional manner. So glad he had water for us since we forgot to bring some.
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Matt was amazing!
Neil_P, Jul 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Matt the guide, was awesome! We learned so much interesting history and information about Los Angeles. He was knowledgeable and fun. This hike is advertised as being “easy to moderate.” I would definitely say it is more like moderate to difficult, so be prepared for that. Be sure to bring plenty of water.
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George is AWESOME
Tonya_L, Jul 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
The tour was great! The weather was perfect. We loved learning about all the park history and LA history. George was simply the BEST!! He was engaged from beginning to end and made it so much fun! We feel like we made a new friend 😊! Not only is he a great your guide, but an excellent photographer! He took amazing shots using our phones! If you take this tour...ask for George! You won't be disappointed...I PROMISE!!
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The tour was the best in California!
Kenyater_S, Jul 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
The tour was great. I felt like I learned so much history about LA from Eric Martinez, our tour guide. It’s the most exercise I’ve done in months. He was very patient. The Griffith Obervatory was a plus.
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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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Excellent
Lisa_B, Jul 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
George was so enthusiastic and I really appreciated his historical information and repartee. Great information about things to do in the area . George , don’t forget what I told you about the Wilmington , NC coup de ta of 1898 . Perhaps more info for your film projects . Also look up Rhiannon Giddons,McArthur genius grant . Best , Lisa Bullard
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Must try!!
Irene, Jun 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Krist was amazing! Always waiting for everyone and taking pictures of us! It was great! The first 1/3 of the hike was def the hardest but worth every second!! Love it :) thanks Kris
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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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Great hike.
Victor_M, Jun 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
The hike was awesome great place to come to see LA history thanks Erick Martinez. He was very acknkowlegeable his LA history thanks vic
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FLA Hikers
Leecasta, Jun 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
We’re from FLA so we’re definitely not experienced hikers, but it’s very worth it for the great views of the city! Only “challenging” parts of the trail is where it’s pretty steep. Self explanatory. Harris is a great tour guide, very patient and an awesome personal photographer!!
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Hiking tour
Chaning, May 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
Emily was AMAZING! We took our kids, and they are all between the ages of 5 and 9. I didn’t expect them to make it the whole hike, but they all did. They loved Emily and chatted with her the whole time. So far their favorite part of our vacation was the hike. Thank you, Emily!
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Great way to hike at Griffith Park
Laura_P, May 2021
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
JP made the hike very enjoyable - he was accommodating, got to know you, constantly pointing out sights of interest and sharing the history of the park and surrounding area. It made the hike go by fast. Highly recommend excursion.

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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