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Mount Wilson Observatory

Address: Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Owner description: Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in...
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner 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
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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81 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
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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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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