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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 Hiking!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Located less than 20 miles from La Canada, Flintridge, the views from Mt. Wilson Observatory are just breathtaking. We took a walking tour which lasted just over two hours, and was about 1 mile round trip from the Cosmic Café. The tour director was very knowledgeable and made the experience well worth the time spent. The cost of the tour... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My son is an astronomy buff and wanted to see the Palomar Observatory during our 10 day trip to the west coast but we were going to be in Los Angeles instead. Hence, we opted to go to the Mount Wilson Observatory instead, based on the positive comments made by others on this TripAdvisor site. I had read all of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

the drive there is pretty windy so try not to get carsick! the views are amazing. more naturey and green than the views from griffith observatory of course. i will definitely visit again, hopefully when there may be some snow up there. what sucks is that this place is only open from april to november... but it makes sense. they... More 

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Address: Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Canada Flintridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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