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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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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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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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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31 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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