"Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin." - quote taken from the Griffith Observatory website
The Griffith Observatory is a fun and educational landmark that is a little-known spot in Los Angeles. There is so much to do and see here that it is almost impossible to do it all in one day. First, and most importantly, I would say this is a place for learning. There are numerous scientific exhibits to view and learn from and there are hidden gems of art strategically placed throughout the inside of the building.
But, I think more impressively are the views that you can enjoy outside of the building. Just a few steps outside and you can see: downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the Hollywood Sign, and all of the surrounding mountains of L.A. Another interesting feature of the area is all of the hiking trails. You can hike high up into the mountains or way down in the valleys to see the city and the observatory from all different angles. It is a great way to see the city.
A word of advice if you decide to visit – wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk up hill for about 15-30 minutes because parking is limited and most visitors have to park along the mountain road leading up to the main building.
All in all, the Griffith Observatory is a great place in L.A. to learn something new and be inspired by the beautiful views around you.