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Mount Wilson Observatory

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Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
+1 626-440-9016
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Great take in

Get there early, it was cloudy and believe it or not a bit rainy on the trip to the top. Was cold... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
texasbud1962
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Vero Beach, Florida
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Disappointing

We walked here from Chantry Flatts but on arrival, there was not much to do. Parking is free, the... read more

Reviewed March 1, 2018
nickwarrilow
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Thousand Oaks, California
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Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in America.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Get there early, it was cloudy and believe it or not a bit rainy on the trip to the top. Was cold, so jacket a must. Then the clouds parted and wow you felt like you were about the clouds. Do the tour if your...More

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Reviewed March 1, 2018

We walked here from Chantry Flatts but on arrival, there was not much to do. Parking is free, the views are good but the cafe was not open. There is an exhibition (meh!) and that is about it. I was thinking of bringing a Boy...More

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Reviewed February 28, 2018

We arrived at about 1130 for the 1-3 pm docent tour of the Mt. Wilson Observatory on Sunday, 24 Sept. 2017. The observatory is world famous for many discoveries. The 60” Hale telescope, completed in 1908, was the largest in the world and became one...More

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Reviewed December 10, 2017

Wind your way up the Angeles crest highway to Mount Wilson that has a world class astronomical collection of telescopes! On a clear day the view takes in Los Angeles and Catalina Island. Bring a picnic. Daudle. This is a very special place.

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Reviewed October 18, 2017

Not many people know that this place exists. It is in the mountains above Los Angeles, situated in the Angeles National Forest. Many years ago there was a resort here, but it is no more. On a clear day, you are rewarded a great view...More

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Reviewed October 14, 2017

Scenic ride up, take your time, stop along the way, breathtaking views on both sides. Mt. Wilson itself is great for science geeks with interesting exhibits on history of and explanations of impressive telescopes.

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Reviewed August 15, 2017

NOTE: Adventure Pass needed to park. We really enjoy this day trip up Hwy 2. It's a unique and cool(er) place to visit and something different to do in LA. At an altitude of 5715 feet, the view on a clear day is as far...More

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Reviewed August 4, 2017

Most people in LA aren't aware of this place, however a huge number of achievements in astronomy occurred here by Edwin Hubble and others. The views of the LA basin are impressive. they have a number of hiking trails and picnic areas. The observatory is...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2017

This place is not the easiest to get to, up mountain roads with little forgiveness, but so well worth it. When you get there, and treat yourself to the exhibits, you'll find that this is the place where mankind learned just about everything we know...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

Absolutely wonderful experience where we scheduled a summer fun learning expedition high atop Mt Wilson touring the observatory that to this very day is currently employed by astronomers still researching the stars, planets & galaxies above! Lots of captivating history of this phenomenal place as...More

Thank Rene P
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Between April 1 and November 30 it is open from 10 to 5 daily. There is no charge for parking or walking around the grounds or visiting the museum. There is a small café that is open from 10 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday... More
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