Recently, after almost a decade away we moved back to Southern California, and while we really enjoyed living here the first time around, it wasn’t until we moved away that I realized just how much we hadn’t seen or done. Last time we were newlyweds, with full time jobs, a small child and an even smaller bank account… Now we are back and this time I’m doing it right!
The Hollywood Sign
Looking out from the Observatory and it’s grounds there are incredible views in every direction and I imagine on a clear day you can see practically forever. It was somewhat hazy on the day of our visit and we could still see an incredibly long way. If, like me, you love to take photos keep in mind that although the view of the Hollywood Sign from this location is great, you’ll still need a decent long range lens on your camera to get a good close up photo*. There are also many hiking trails in the park, which would probably offer different viewpoints of the sign, but they won’t lead you to the sign, not if you want to “stay on the path.”
Free Free Free
Los Angeles is a very large city, not just in terms of people, but square miles as well, so depending on where you’re staying be prepared for a long drive with a lot of traffic. However, it is worth it and the good news is that most of your visit will be free! Yes, that’s right the parking, sign viewing, Observatory tours and entrance to the halls of space are all free! If you’re interested in visiting the planetarium or eating at the End of the Universe Cafe you’ll spend some money, but otherwise this is a free activity!
*I use a 50-200mm f4-5.6 ED OIS III Telephoto Zoom Lens with my Samsung NX2000.