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“Excellent opportunity to visit an observatory”

Mount Wilson Observatory
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Owner description: Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in America.
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“Excellent opportunity to visit an observatory”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Try to get there when you can get a tour (at this time - October - 1PM on Sat. and Sun., be sure to check the observatory website). Even if you can't be there for a tour, there are several museum/exhibits that you can visit with much very interesting information about the history and science of the observatory. For anyone even mildly interested in astronomy, this is a must-see if you are in the area. The drive up there does require traversing winding roads, but they are completely modern, paved and well maintained. There is a small fee (free if you have a Golden Eagle Pass), you can get the permit at the observatory. The landscape and views are spectacular.

Visited October 2012
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Surf City USA
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361 attraction reviews
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“Bird's Eye View of LA”
Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

Come up here on a clear afternoon & stay for the most amazing sunset view of LA & much of Southern California. The ocean of lights below is really spellbinding. You must negotiate the sinuous Angeles Crest Highway to get here. It's a challenge, but beautiful. Recently reopened since a big forest fire a couple years ago.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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“Top of Los Angeles”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

I used to go here in the winter in my Dad's old Ford wagon to play in the nearest snow to our home near Elysian Park. Many happy memories of the restaurant and the views from the top.

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Sydney, Australia
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“A different, and beautiful, day trip from LA”
Reviewed January 18, 2011

Visited here in July 2008. Be aware, at least at the time of my visit, that you need a $5 park access ticket that you can buy at a sports store down at the base of the access road.

Beyond that, it's a beautiful drive up into the San Gabriel Mountains, through pines in the constant SoCal sunshine.

The observatory is really low key, you can just wander around most of it, with great views often afforded, and a whole lot of interesting sites. I loved walking in the footsteps of Hubble, Hale, Einstein (he visited) and other titans of astronomy.

If you're after something different, I'd totally recommend this. At bare minimum, you'll at least feel like you're out of the hustle and bustle of LA.

Visited July 2010
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