When we landed in LA for our holiday, the 3 things we absolutely did not want to miss out on, were the trips to Universal Studios, Disneyland and this Hollywood sign. Yeah!! Well in the end we did all three! And will do it again the next time.
The 'Hollywood Sign' which is a landmark and American cultural icon in the Hollywood Hills area of Mount Lee, Santa Monica Mountains, in Los Angeles, California. The sign spells out the name of the area in 45-foot-tall (14 m)and 350-foot-long (110 m) white letters. It was created as an advertisement in 1923, but garnered increasing recognition after the sign was left up. The sign is located on the southern side of Mount Lee in Griffith Park, north of the Mulholland Highway. The sign is located on rough, steep terrain, and is encompassed by barriers to prevent unauthorized access.
Be sure your camera is charged and one has water and nourishment in plenty. There is no need to trek up when with kids, they wont be able to handle it. In fact they look at you with queer amazement, when the adults gasp at the first sight of this iconic sign. Little do they know, this is the symbol of what we have come to associate with the best movies in the world.
If one plans a trek, as a few of our friends did, they advised ensuring one has some great gripping shoes, water, morning time, sandwich and a trash collection bag. Go early to find parking at the trailhead. There is mercifully an unwritten code, among visitors here, like in many great destinations, where groups and couples wait and help take photos of other groups, in return for the favour of being clicked together. This way no one needs to be missing from any visiting group, on account of handling the camera. I feel it is worth the trip, to get clicked in front of 'H O L L Y W O O O D"
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