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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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Wonderful day trip

We drove out of Pasadena for about 45 minutes until we were in the mountains. Amazing views! We got there after 5pm so the observatory was closed but we went for a beautiful hike.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2016
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We drove out of Pasadena for about 45 minutes until we were in the mountains. Amazing views! We got there after 5pm so the observatory was closed but we went for a beautiful hike.

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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

The Mount Wilson Observatory is where Edwin Hubble made the observations and took the photographs that enabled him to prove the nebulae in the sky were really collections of stars (galaxies) and thus give us an accurate understanding that the universe was bigger than our own home Milky Way Galaxy. Go there and see the magnificent 100 inch reflector telescope... More 

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Plainview, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Read up on Edwin Hubble the astronomist. He has made the greatest discoveries in cosmology. Now take your family to see were it happened. How Albert Einstein came to visit and actually see Hubbles locker and the telescopes he used to discover galaxies and our expanding universe. It's a beautiful spot in the forest on a mountain. My son still... More 

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

very romantic and fantastic place for picnic, hiking trip or just for a cool ride. the scenaries are massive and especially before the sunset. i was amazed.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

I think it is a good day trip from LA even if you are not crazy about the science. I wandered about at the site and also stopped along the way. Good for easy hikes and I'd they are open then take a look at any of the telescopes.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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