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Mount Wilson Observatory

Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Description: Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in America.
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English first
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Prior to this very telescope astronomers thought that the Milky Way was the entire universe! So it is monumentially important to mankind. It pops up frequently in movies, many of which are my favorites. The drive up is scary but persevere as it is a great experience. Do check out the pictures of how the mirror came up the mountain.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Who: A great daytrip for anyone in the Los Angeles area. Not suitable for young children, people with mobility issues, or people who have heart or breathing conditions and who might be more sensitive to the high altitude. Also not suitable for people with a fear of heights! What: Multiple telescopes (accessible only via paid walking tour), a small astronomical... More

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Woodland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This place is rich with history. I missed the 1 PM tour, i suggest to take it. It is in forest area and there are nice paved roads, so it is really nice. you need a 5$ pass which you will get in most places. a must see place.

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This is a amazing but long hike to the top of Mt Wilson via Chantry Flats trail head. The first leg of the hike you go past many cabins nestled in the trees. A lot of this hike is in the canopy of the trees. It's a steady uphill climb, but worth it. The trail is beautiful as you make... More

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Cincinnati
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

It's well worth scheduling a guided tour. The tour includes a visit to the solar observatory, which (logically) is the only telescope which works during the day. You also get to see the big 100-inch scope up close and personal. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. This is a don't-miss attraction for anyone interested in the sciences. The drive up... More

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

I can't believe that after 25 years in LA we hadn't been to Mt. Wilson Observatory. It only takes about 40 minutes to drive from Glendale/Pasadena. At the Observatory, you're at over 5700', so the views are spectacular (depending on the weather and smog). We decided to take the tour, which cost $10pp. It was worth it, mostly because it... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We took a day trip up Mt Wilson Observatory. We didn't know it was going to be that cold so we didn't dress for it. Beautiful scenic ride up and down.

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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163 reviews 163 reviews
50 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This is a great place to visit! It is both interesting and educational. The view is spectacular and panoramic. The cut off road (Mt. Wilson Red Box Rd) from Angel Crest highway is a bit rough, narrow and curvy! That should not deter anyone. There are security areas and a fee to park anywhere for hiking or visiting. The tours... More

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Manhattan Beach, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The tile tells you the highlights of this attraction! Give it try on a nice clear day. You will be unstressed! My husband did it a lot for free stress management!

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NYC
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73 reviews 73 reviews
38 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Try to get there when you can get a tour (at this time - October - 1PM on Sat. and Sun., be sure to check the observatory website). Even if you can't be there for a tour, there are several museum/exhibits that you can visit with much very interesting information about the history and science of the observatory. For anyone... More

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