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“A Must Visit Global Landmark While In LA!”
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Hollywood Sign
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Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Hiking Tour
Ranked #34 of 547 things to do in Los Angeles
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Owner description: Perched atop Mount Lee, this global symbol of Hollywood glamour measures 450 feet in length with mammoth white letters, each standing 45 feet high, spelling out the name of the city. There is no access to The Hollywood Sign as it sits on restricted property however; there are several scenic view points which provide great photo opportunities . 1) Hollywood and Highland. Farther away but easy , especially if you are already in Hollywood. 2) The Griffith Observatory. Take the Metro Red Line at Hollywood and Highland to the Griffith Observatory stop. From here board the DASH Observatory shuttle operating 7 days a week ( beginning 3/21/17) to the front lawn of The Griffith Observatory for views of The Hollywood Sign. 3) The Sign is best viewed from the interior of Griffith Park. Trail signs will guide you to these sites. Please stay on the designated trails and enjoy the great views of The Hollywood Sign !
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 380 helpful votes
“A Must Visit Global Landmark While In LA!”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

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"

Visited October 2012
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“Must go”
Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

It takes a bit to go up there but it's worth seeing it if you in the area.Im not sure how would that be to walk but we drove and its good scene driving up.

Visited August 2013
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“Behind the sign”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We took the walk up behind the Hollywood sign on a very hot and sunny afternoon! We didn't expect it to be so far (we started at a horse ranch) but it was well worth it! Once you get to the top and behind the sign the views are magnificent and we where really glad we did it! You can't really get a photo of the hole sign unless you use the panoramic feature but it looks wicked if you do :) we where very temped to climb the fence and go right up to it, but we didn't haha. Luckily as there are cameras everywhere and on our decent a police car drove up obviously someone had jumped the fence! Definitely recommend going up being the sign!

Visited August 2013
Thank Julia M
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Flowery Branch, Georgia
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Thanks to tips from great friends, our hike up to the Hollywood sign in the Spring of 2013 was amazing. Getting there can be tricky. Parking can be tricky. The path can be tricky! Parking... be careful, not much and private property abound. The path, follow up until it forks... take the path that curves to the LEFT! Then when the road comes to a 'T' take a RIGHT! Once up to the top of the sign, one will see 'WARNING' signs everywhere and a controlled fenced in area, if you look to your left, you will see a little path... take it! THAT'S THE TOP! We saw a lot of people just stop at the secured gated area and turn around... miss the most amazing view by not going up what looks like just a little tiny dirt path! No signs saying this way or that way! Not for elderly or people with bad knees, shortness of breath, smokers, children under the age of 10 years old I would say, unless they are good with nature, hiking, just walking up a fairly long path, up hill, can pay attention... it's a long fall down in any given area! Take WATER, at least 2 per person! There are no water stations and no toilets! Look for the Hummingbirds that are plentiful... and hope you don't see a mountain lion! ;-) It took my husband and I about an hour and a half for both ways, down is breeze of course! Try to make it on clear, low smog day for L.A., in order to see all the great points, beautiful... enjoyed it, would do it all the time if I lived there!

Visited May 2013
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Columbia, Missouri
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“Hiked to the top. Awesome views.”
Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and i hiked to the top. The views were INCREDIBLE. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and your camera.

Visited July 2013
Thank Sarah Y
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