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Address: Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
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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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See Los Angeles from Above

It was far better than seeing it on a plane. The famous observatory visible fromhigh up over my sons home - but how high up! It is higher than Ben Nevis and when the cloud... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It was far better than seeing it on a plane. The famous observatory visible fromhigh up over my sons home - but how high up! It is higher than Ben Nevis and when the cloud system is right then you can see a panoramic view of Los Angles. But that isn't half of it. The drive up is fantastic and... More 

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We all heard those words..."broadcasting from high atop Mt. Wilson. Before television, they built telescopes to explore the universe, stars etc. Besides an education, you get great views. Drive-up...not so much fun. Hike up via toll road---challenging Hike up via chantry flats---challenging with really cool views and trees...I'll review the hike from chantry flats.

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Liverpool, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 365 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The drive up to the observatory was so scenic and interesting but there was so much more to see when we arrived. It was mid week so the cafe was closed and there was nowhere to pay for parking; the restroom was open and clean. The museum on the way up was interesting and informative with some stunning photos. Best... More 

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LaPlace, Louisiana
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106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Beautiful trip up through Angeles National Forest. A nice hike to the telescopes, and a good interpretive museum. Good for viewing birds and small wildlife and plants.The Native American Museum on the way up was closed, the restaurant was closed, so we did not have to pay for parking, otherwise you pay to park in the lot below or just... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Great place to visit. It's around a 30 minute drive from Pasadena and the views are absolutely excellent. If you want great views then go on a clear day.

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Go up the mountain and check out all of the great exhibits and active observation equipment. They give tours and they are well worth it. There is a snack bar next to the parking lot where tours start. If it's one of those rare haze free days in LA you'll have a great view. Also check out all the broadcast... More 

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Malibu, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

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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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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