Griffith Observatory2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles
Set on Los Angeles’ Mount Hollywood 1,134 feet above sea level, Griffith Observatory and its surrounding green space were created from a donation by Griffith J. Griffith, who dreamed of giving his adopted hometown a world-class park and a facility where citizens could marvel at the stars. Since opening in 1935, the iconic domed buildings have hosted knife fights in Rebel Without a Cause and the first appearance of a muscle-bound future governor in The Terminator. Take in a show at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium to gain a deeper understanding of cosmic happenings from the big bang to the northern lights. Visit after dark to explore space through the Zeiss telescope or examine the sun during the day with the state-of-the-art coelostat.