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Griffith Park

Griffith Park

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4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, 90027

The Basics

Griffith Park is an ideal escape from LA’s bustling city center. Visitors can rent bicycles and tour the park on two wheels, join a guided hike or horseback ride up to the Hollywood sign, or explore a multitude of museums, golf courses, tennis courts, and hiking trails. Budding astronomers can visit the landmark Griffith Observatory, which boasts rooftop telescopes plus the world’s most advanced star projector, while kids love the Los Angeles Zoo and its 250 animal species. Don’t miss the Travel Town Museum, which features dozens of vintage railcars and locomotives; the Museum of the American West, where kids can pan for gold and explore a stagecoach; and the Griffith Park merry-go-round with its carved and colorfully painted horses. If you’re short on time, visit the park on a Los Angeles day tour to also see city highlights such as Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Los Angeles

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FLA Hikers
Leecasta, Jun 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
We’re from FLA so we’re definitely not experienced hikers, but it’s very worth it for the great views of the city! Only “challenging” parts of the trail is where it’s pretty steep. Self explanatory. Harris is a great tour guide, very patient and an awesome personal photographer!!
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Great way to hike at Griffith Park
Laura_P, May 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
JP made the hike very enjoyable - he was accommodating, got to know you, constantly pointing out sights of interest and sharing the history of the park and surrounding area. It made the hike go by fast. Highly recommend excursion.
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Great experience, tremendous value
Doug_M, May 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
Matt was a great guide, friendly and knowledgeable. The hike was beautiful and he set an appropriate pace for the group. He navigated us through a complex maze of trails and taught us lots of history about LA along the way. Highly recommended.
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LA & Hollywood Sign Adventures
Sean_P, Mar 2021
Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory
Chris was an awesome and informative guide and his dog was an adorable bonus on our hike. I highly recommend this hike and ask for your guide Chris! You won’t regret it.
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Amazing! Must experience!
Matt_M, Apr 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
Sarah was amazing! She was very informative while on the tour! She congratulated us often and reminded us on how we were doing a great job. She knew her history well and even had fun facts!
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very enjoyable
Ann_B, Apr 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
I was the only one on the tour with two guides. We had fun comparing notes which added to everyones experience. JB was a guide in training and did a good job but I would suggest that he talk only when stopped instead of walking and talking. Being out of breath makes it hard to understand unless you're right beside him. Harrison was excellent in his training technique. The tour itself was informational about the area and definitely added to the experience. Over all, very enjoyable.
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What an maxing experience!
antionette_b, Apr 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
Eric was amazing !! Looking forward to my bike tour ! Very interesting & informative. Would definitely recommend
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Shepard Family
Charles S, Nov 2019
Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory
Our guide was very informative and patient. Had a great time!
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Highly recommended!
Lizbeth_C, Apr 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
Amazing! I loved it! Erik was great on sharing the history behind it all.... and I would most definitely be back. Thank you!!
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best guided tour!
Young_L, Apr 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
Best!! There were several steep areas, but our guide Eric gave us enough information on what to expect ahead of us, and he gave us a good amount of rests. He made our trip interesting by telling us the history of the site. Thank you.
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Fun, invigorating and educational.
TOch, Apr 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
Great views, learned some fun facts about LA and surrounding areas. Eric was energetic and entertaining!
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Hollywood Tour
Natasha_V, Apr 2021
Griffith Park Tour: Hollywood Hills Walk
Eric M was a very resourceful and informative guide. Highly recommend LA Bikes Tours and will refer family and friends in the future.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and plenty of water.

  • Pack a lunch to enjoy the park’s many scenic picnic areas.

  • Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times.

  • A trip to the observatory is ideal for visitors with limited mobility thanks to its plentiful parking, expansive views, and relatively flat ground.

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How to Get There

Griffith Park is located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood. Access to the park is easiest by car, and parking is free. For information and maps, stop by the Griffith Park Ranger Station at Crystal Springs Drive. On weekends, holidays, and during summer, the park’s higher elevations can be congested with heavy traffic, so it’s best to use the DASH Observatory Shuttle to access Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign.

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When to Get There

Griffith Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Opening hours for attractions within the park vary. Summer is LA’s busiest season, but spring and autumn visitors can benefit from decreased smog levels and fewer crowds. January and February can be rainy, so pack an umbrella if visiting in winter.

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Movies Filmed in Griffith Park

Being in La La Land, it’s no surprise that Griffith Park stars in more than a few films and TV shows. James Dean and his classmates take a trip to the Griffith Observatory inRebel Without a Cause, and the park’s Bronson Caves were featured in the 1960s TV showsBatman andStar Trek. Ron Burgundy ofAnchorman fame fights bears in the Los Angeles Zoo, Conrad Birdie serenades Ann-Margret at the Greek Theater in the classic musicalBye Bye Birdie, and the tunnel to Toontown inWho Framed Roger Rabbit? leads to the Griffith Observatory.

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