The Hollywood Sign is more than a landmark spelling out the name of one of LA's most famous districts. It's a global symbol for glamour, daydreams, and wonder. Located on Mount Lee within the Hollywood Hills, it's one of LA's must-see hotspots. Here's a list of the best ways to see it and the best things to do nearby.
Hollywood hikesTake a guided tour to the top of the Hollywood Sign, and enjoy fun historical facts along the way. Starting from the Lake Hollywood Dog Park, make your way through the beautiful Hollywood Hills neighbourhood, and then down the middle of Griffith Park. When you eventually get to the top, you'll have views of Burbank, San Fernando Valley, Downtown LA, Hollywood, Century City, Beverly Hills, Lake Hollywood Reservoir, Miracle Mile, and on a clear day, even Palos Verdes. Handy advice:
- Get there on time. These walks start promptly.
- Wear comfy footwear and take plenty of water, especially during the summer.
Forest Lawn Memorial ParkThis memorial park is a famous resting place for some of the best movie stars to grace our screens. Aptly, there's a stunning view of Disney Studios, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros. A few of the superstars who have been laid to rest here include Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Telly Savalas, William Conrad and Ricky Nelson.
Sunset Ranch HollywoodIf you love horse riding, a guided trail ride from Sunset Ranch is the best way to get a glimpse of the beautiful Hollywood Sign. This ranch is ideally located within Hollywood Hills, so you can conveniently explore Griffith Park. In the 1920s, Los Angeles became a focal point for Western-themed movies, if that's your thing, enjoy this piece of Hollywood history come to life at Sunset Ranch.
Griffith ObservatoryIf taking in a glorious view of the night's sky sounds appealing, then a trip to the Griffith Observatory is in order and gives you the chance to glimpse some real stars. You can peer through the telescopes and stand in awe of the stars, explore the exciting exhibits, and enjoy a live show in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Admission to both the building and grounds is free. This makes it a fabulous place to visit if you're looking for a budget-friendly excursion in what can be a notoriously pricey holiday destination. In addition to exploring Griffith Observatory, you can also enjoy magnificent views of the Hollywood Sign.