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Palomar Observatory

35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060-0200
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Description: The observatory's telescope is capable of viewing up to 10 billion light-years away.
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Los Angeles, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
88 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The trip to the top of Palomar mountain will take you at least an hour from the base, but along the way you'll have several scenic look out opportunities that are breath-taking. Once as the top there is a very large parking lot to accommodate the folks going up there. Start at the "museum" and gift shop, which gives you... More

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Anchorage, AK
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Home to the Hale 200 inch telescope, this observatory is still a highly productive scientific tool 65 years after is opened. It is also a classic art deco building in a beautiful natural setting. The dive up is a sports car enthusiast's dream. My only slight complaint is that the museum is somewhat small and the tour length, at 90... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I am a physics teacher and decided to visit this famous telescope for my own sense of history and get photos for my students. However, the experience was so poorly designed that I really would not even advise my students to visit. The good parts are that visits are free, they are open every day and there is a small... More

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Dallas, Texas
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141 reviews 141 reviews
77 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were staying in nearby Julian and decided to drive to Palomar. There is a gift shop and museum there as well as several telescopes. The view is nice. Unless you are a telescope enthusiast, don't expect too much inside the observatory itself; in and out in less than ten minutes. Some of the videos in the museum are interesting.... More

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Baguio, Philippines
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The closest i got to heaven! That giant tree was superbly wonderful! Bring jacket though cause it gets pretty chilly in the afternoon.

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Issaquah, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

As an accomplished armchair astronomer, seeing the 200" reflector has long been on my bucket list. I was not disappointed! A reasonable drive (less than 90 minutes) from San Diego brought us to the beautiful site. The volunteers who led the tours were exceptional - knowledgeable, friendly and amusing. I would encourage anyone with any interest at all in astronomy... More

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We drove from Oceanside, and even before we got to Mount Palomar Observatory, the visit proved worthwhile, given the stunning scenery on the way. The observatory itself is very interesting, given the story behind its construction. It's quite a long drive, but well it. I would recommend it to anyone.

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St. George, Utah
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111 reviews 111 reviews
39 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We were traveling from San Diego to Palm Springs and wanted to visit this along the way. We had checked the website so we were aware that there were no tours mid-week during the winter. Weather was great and there had been no snow so it was a beautiful winding drive up the mountain. Worth the trip itself. The observatory,... More

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Oceanside, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Drove from Oceanside to Mount Palomar Observatory east on I-76. Excellent country drive and weather in January 2014. Amazing to read about the 3 Dimensional designs using paper and pencil and the exacting engineering, building, construction techniques, maintenance, and operations required prior to existence of computers. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to advance science and the cost to build the... More

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Roseville, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

On our first pass, driving from Borrego Springs over the mountains to Escondido, we arrived at the gate too late to enter. I'd forgotten to account for the variable closing time (Standard Time vs. Daylight Savings Time). Be sure you have that factored in. So I drove back up from La Jolla a couple of days later, and saw the... More

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