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Griffith Park

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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  • View of Griffith Observatory and downtown Los Angeles from Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • View over the Hollywood Sign accessed via the Hollyridge Trail.- Griffith Park
  • Cahuenga Peak plaque at the summit of Mount Lee (1,680 ft).- Griffith Park
  • View of downtown Hollywood and Los Angeles from Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • View west of Hollywood, Century City and Santa Monica from Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Mount Hollywood Trailhead, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • View of Mount Hollywood (1,625 ft), Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • View of the Hollywood Sign and Mount Lee in Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • View of Glendale and San Gabriel Mountains from Mount Hollywood (1,625 ft).- Griffith Park
  • Picnic area atop Mount Hollywood at Dante's View.- Griffith Park
  • Hikers along the East Observatory Trail, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • The Trails Cafe off of Fern Dell Drive.- Griffith Park
  • Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles at night.- Griffith Park
  • View over the Los Angeles metro area from the Griffith Observatory at night.- Griffith Park
  • View of Hollywood Lake, a reservoir, from Hollywood Lake Park, a part of Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Hollywood Lake Park within Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • The Los Angeles Zoo entrance within Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • A South American tree frog at the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Giraffe at the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Chimpanzees at the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Piranha at the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Meerkat at the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • South American giant otters at the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Reptile exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Bronson Caves, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
  • Bronson Caves, Griffith Park.- Griffith Park
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Hollywood Sign. Griffith Observatory. Bronson Caves. 53 miles of trails. Camps.
Cons: 
Very heavily used.
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Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Griffith Park is comprised of over 4,000 acres of natural and landscaped land in the Santa Monica Mountain range.  The majority of that land was gifted to the City of Los Angeles by Griffith J. Griffith in 1896. Many attractions have been added since the park opened, including Griffith Observatory and the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. During the Great Depression thousands of men were hired to complete projects in the park. In 1933 a devastating fire broke out and killed 29 workers, but the majority of the park remained unharmed. To this day the park continues to grow and flourish.

Every day visitors flock to the diverse attractions in Griffith Park.  Animal lovers enjoy the L.A. Zoo and pony rides, music fans love the Greek Theatre, history buffs like exploring the Autry National Center, and outdoor enthusiasts congregate at the Bicycle Rental.  For those who would rather go for a leisurely stroll or a steep hike, there are over fifty miles of trails littered with gorgeous views of Hollywood and Los Angeles. Visitors from out of town won’t want to miss a close-up look at the Hollywood Sign—take a hike up Hollyridge Trail to catch a glimpse of the landmark from behind, and walk along the East Observatory Trail to see it from the front. 

A diverse group of animals call this expansive park home, including the opossum, striped skunk, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, gray fox, western toad, black-bellied slender-salamander, mountain lion, and a variety of birds. There are also many plants in the park, some of which are native to the land while others have been planted there by humans. Some of the rare plants that can be found at Griffith Park include Humboldt lily, Catalina mariposa-lily, Nevin’s barberry, and Parry’s cholla.   

You could spend a week exploring this park and see something new each day. It is the largest urban park in the United States, and it has something for everyone. Don’t miss this iconic Los Angeles destination.

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