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Griffith Observatory

Head for LA's renowned observatory and planetarium to see both the cosmos and panoramic vistas over the City of Angels.

Griffith Observatory: Our most recommended tours and activities

LA: City and Beach Highlights Tour with Transfer Options

1. LA: City and Beach Highlights Tour with Transfer Options

Enjoy a stress-free tour of LA with expert tour guides who will ensure you have an entertaining and educational day. Begin the tour in Santa Monica where you'll have the opportunity to explore the Santa Monica Pier. Your first stop will be Venice Beach, home of LA's skateboarding and surf culture. You will then be driven along Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards on your way to the ritzy Beverly Hills, where you will be given the opportunity to window shop for 30-minutes on Rodeo Drive.  Enjoy lunch at the Farmers' Market at The Grove (1 hour) - with hundreds of options to please everyone from the adventurous foodie to kids. You will then be whisked to Griffith Park where you will receive VIP curbside service and experience the best views of LA and the Hollywood Sign. Finally, try to spot the stars of your favorite Hollywood celebrities as you walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Guided Tour

2. Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Guided Tour

Discover the latest findings in astronomy and space exploration, hear about meteors and comets, and follow a curated journey through space and time on this small-group guided tour. Enter the Keck Central Rotunda, enjoy the beautiful Hugo Ballin Murals here, and spot the elegant Foucault Pendulum which shows the Earth's rotation. Investigate the interaction between science and mythology. Learn everything from science and history to architecture and movie trivia with your guide. Explore the moon landing and space debris in the Edge of Space exhibition. Walk around a spectacular scale model of the solar system outside and appreciate the beautiful vista from the terraces looking over Los Angeles Griffith Park, Mt. Wilson, the Pacific Ocean, and the impressive Hollywood sign. Choose to add a show in the world-famous planetarium theater. Experience a 40-minute immersive show with live narration that is truly out of this world.

Los Angeles: LA Grand Tour

3. Los Angeles: LA Grand Tour

Get a feel for the City of Angels with this full-day tour of some of its key sights. Experience a selection of its main attractions including ocean views and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After departing from Sunset Boulevard, be driven first to Santa Monica Pier. Stop here for 1 hour to take a walk down the pier, see beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and visit the 3rd Street Promenade. Next, drive to an outdoor farmer's market for a 1-hour lunch stop. Here you can enjoy some of the best food in LA, freshly prepared from local produce. Enjoy family-friendly activities and shop at the famous Grove in Beverly Hills. Then, head for the Griffith Observatory for views of the Hollywood Sign, space and science exhibits, and downtown LA. Finally, travel to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Check out Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and take a photo with your favorite celebrity's star.

Los Angeles: 2-Hour Hollywood Trail Horseback Riding Tour

4. Los Angeles: 2-Hour Hollywood Trail Horseback Riding Tour

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors on a 2-hour horseback riding tour with an expert guide. Ride through the top of Griffith Park with 360 views of all of Los Angeles. Meet your tour guide and group at Sunset Ranch conveniently located just minutes from Hollywood Blvd and the world-renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mingle with the beautiful horses and get ready to start on a tour that’s sure to provide you with memorable views of Los Angeles. Go at a leisurely pace with your group and tour guide through the 5,000-acre park in the heart of Los Angeles. Along the way, witness the beauty of this famous city as you gaze at the remarkable Hollywood sign, the magnificent Griffith Observatory, and panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy this relaxing horseback riding tour as you continue to navigate the Griffith Park hills. Leave with a suite of special memories, knowing you experienced LA in a unique way.

Los Angeles, Hollywood, & Beverly Hills Afternoon City Tour

5. Los Angeles, Hollywood, & Beverly Hills Afternoon City Tour

Start with an afternoon pickup from select hotels in Downtown Los Angeles, then travel with your small group through downtown Los Angeles. Get a look at art and culture venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Walt Disney Concert Hall—designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Stop at the Griffith Park Observatory and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Hollywood Sign. Then pause in the center of Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. There you will see Graumann's Chinese Theater with its celebrity handprints and footprints. You will also see the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and the Dolby theater, the permanent home of the Academy Awards. Next, cruise along the Sunset Strip and into Beverly Hills, where your guide will show you the Beverly Hills sign, as well as homes owned by movie stars and other famous folks. Then continue through Beverly Hills and through the trendy Mid Wilshire district and through Koreatown before arriving back in Downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles: Mulholland Trail Horseback Riding Tour

6. Los Angeles: Mulholland Trail Horseback Riding Tour

Ride up in the Hollywood Hills where you will get unforgettable views of the LA Basin and the Hollywood Sign. Embark on a relaxing horseback riding adventure through the spectacular hills of Griffith Park. Meet your tour guide and group at Sunset Ranch conveniently located just minutes from Hollywood Blvd and the world-renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mingle with the beautiful horses and get ready to start on a tour that’s sure to provide you with memorable views of Los Angeles. Along the way, witness the beauty of this famous city as you gaze at the remarkable Hollywood sign, the magnificent Griffith Observatory, and panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy this relaxing horseback riding tour as you continue to navigate the Griffith Park hills. Leave with a suite of special memories, knowing you experienced LA in a unique way.

Los Angeles: Best of LA Bus Tour

7. Los Angeles: Best of LA Bus Tour

Admire in LA's top attractions on a guided bus tour that is customized to your preferences. Take in Hollywood, Paramount Studios, and the Greek Theatre. Stop at the Santa Monica Pier and Beach, the Original Farmers Market, and the Griffith Observatory. Meet your guide on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Climb aboard the bus and head straight to Santa Monica. On the drive, listen to entertaining stories and take in Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive.  See views of the affluent Bel-Air neighborhood and the Getty. Stop at Santa Monica Pier and Beach for an hour to explore the famous boardwalk, shop along the 3rd Street Promenade, and see why Southern California is famous for its beaches.  Head back to the bus to take in Culver City and Museum Row. Get insider tips on the best restaurants and museums. Have an hour lunch break at the Grove/the Original Famers Market which is known for some of LA's best dining and shopping.  Continue past Fairfax, Melrose, Paramount Studios, the Greek Theatre, and Griffith Park. Take in sweeping views of the Los Angeles Basin from the Griffith Observatory. Capture pictures of views of Downtown Los Angeles, the ocean, and the Hollywood sign.  As you head back to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to end your tour, see the Capitol Records Building and explore more of Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Hike

8. Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Hike

See stunning views of Los Angeles on a guided hike to Griffith Park and a tour of the Griffith Observatory Museum. Get your heart pumping on a hike, see famous filming locations, and see thousands of stars from the Griffith Observatory. Begin your tour with a 3.6-mile hike up to the highest peak in Griffith Park with a local guide. As you hike, take in jaw-dropping views of Los Angeles. Hear incredible tales of Hollywood history. Make multiple stops for Instagram photos, bathroom breaks, and visits to famous filming locations. Finish your hike at the grounds of the world-famous Griffith Observatory Museum. Once you’ve snagged some beautiful panoramic views of Los Angeles from the summit, walk over to an overlook to snag a picture-perfect shot of the Hollywood Sign. Finally, head over to the Griffith Observatory and wrap up your Los Angeles tour with a grand finale of (literal) stars, unforgettable views, and memories to last a lifetime.

From Long Beach or San Pedro: Hollywood and Los Angeles Tour

9. From Long Beach or San Pedro: Hollywood and Los Angeles Tour

You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Anaheim, Long Beach, San Pedro, LAX area, Marina Del Ray, Hawthorn, or El Segundo. During the tour, you'll visit Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles Colosseum, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory, Sunset Plaza, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica Beach, and Venice Beach. There will be free time at each of the stops and you'll be able to get out of the tour van to take pictures, shop, and explore. For lunch, there will be an hour-long stop at Mel's Diner on Sunset Boulevard, a popular 1950s-style diner. After the tour, you'll be dropped back at your hotel between 4:30 and 5:00 PM.

Los Angeles: City Highlights Tour w/Cruise Terminal Transfer

10. Los Angeles: City Highlights Tour w/Cruise Terminal Transfer

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Los Angeles and see the sights from Hollywood Boulevard to Beverly Hills. Sit back and relax on board a comfortable van and listen to insightful commentary from your tour guide. After being picked up from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal or the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal (Port of San Pedro) in the morning, make your way to Exposition Park and see the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the first stadium to have hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984. Next, drive through Downtown Los Angeles and admire historic buildings, striking architecture, and cultural attractions. Continue past Griffith Park Observatory, a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Arrive at the iconic Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. Marvel at well-known highlights in the area, including Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Kodak Theater, where the Oscars take place, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Stop for lunch (not included) at Mel’s Diner for the ultimate 1950s dining experience and see where George Lucas filmed scenes for American Graffiti. Slip into the world of the rich and famous as you drive past the exclusive boutiques of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills. Then, drive to Santa Monica Beach along America’s most famous cross-country highway. After taking in the views at Santa Monica, head to Venice Beach and see the iconic boardwalk with its busy boutiques, street performers, artists, and fortune tellers. You have the option of being dropped off at the following locations at the end of this tour: the ship, LAX Airport, or any hotel in Long Beach, San Pedro, or Santa Monica. 

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What people are saying about Griffith Observatory

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4.6 / 5

based on 738 reviews

We had Chris and his lovely dog all to ourselves today, which was an unexpected. Chris gave us the most comprehensive and interesting commentary as we made our way from the starting point to the Griffith observatory. The pace was perfect as was the weather.

The tour was super exciting! Our guide Estefan worked in the observatory himself and gave us a great tour.

Jeff was great. He kept us entertained and informed the whole time. I would recommend this tour.

Paul did a great job! He was knowledgeable and took his time with the tour. Thank you!

Guided tour was very informative and fun. Great value.