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Address: Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
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Description: Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best...
Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in America.
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Great place to learn a lot about the stars and galaxy's.

The people who give the tours are very knowledgeable, presenting many facts that will quite frankly- Blow you away about the stars, and other planets. Also they have mind... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Malibu, California

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Malibu, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The people who give the tours are very knowledgeable, presenting many facts that will quite frankly- Blow you away about the stars, and other planets. Also they have mind boggling stories about how the observatory came to be. There isn't much to eat there. I think I had an overpriced sandwich that seemed like it came out of a saran... More 

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Kamakura, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

While the observatory tour was a bit long and a little technical (an astrologer would be happy), the visit to the top of the mountain alone was well worth the drive up there. Go if you want to fantastic views, clear air and a taste of nature!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

(Caution: This review is solely for those visiting on a weekday. The experience on a weekday is completely different than on the weekend.) Using the Hooker Telescope at Mt. Wilson, Edwin Hubble identified Cepheid variables (a kind of star that is used as a means to determine the distance from the galaxy[18][19] – see also standard candle) in several spiral... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

You will need parking pass for this park.. You can puck one up at REI or the pack station at the Chantry Flats parking lot. You can choose how difficult you want your hike to be, because there are several trails. The hike to the top (the Observatory) is longer than is published. According to the staff, it is closer... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Hiked up to the top of Mt. Wilson. Went and saw the big lens's which are quite impressive. Amazing how they got all this stuff up here in 1919. Also quite fun to be in a place where Albert Einstein has been. The views up here are very nice, but if you go for the views make sure the day... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

very enjoyable drive into the mountains, great way to get away from all the crowds at the regular attractions in LA

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I was there with a classmate of mine. He took me there, telling me a lot about it. At the site we saw a few Chinese people who even didn't go inside the museum. We took a self tour there, went up to the telescope. Nobody was there. Waited for some time and turned back. Einstein was among the founders... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Taking the "2" up to Mt Wilson is such an amazing change from the LA freeways and surface streets. Beautiful views as you rise from the San Gabriel Valley, through the dry hills, and eventually reach cool, pine woodlands. The Observatory complex contains several exhibit areas, and will take about an hour to walk the complex, read the plaques, and... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I got up to Mount Wilson one afternoon and was able to take a quick self-guided tour of the observatory. What a historic, informative and naturally beautiful complex! I wish we had more time. We did not avail ourselves of the formal tour. I would still like to do that. We walked through a couple of the small museums and... More 

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Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Fascinating area. Lots of great hiking trails and scenery. The observatory and telescopes were very interesting. Our group spent the night in the 60inch observatory after a great tour of the property by Mike. Due to atmospheric conditions, the observing wasn't the best - but interesting none the less.

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