A couple days ago I visited the Griffith Observatory, one of LA’s many tourist attractions. The view from the top was quite breathtaking; I was able to see all of the Los Angeles cityscape as well as the Hollywood sign. Many tourists and natives take the journey up to this monument in the hills to enjoy the sights and activities. You can spend hours at this place learning about the solar system, watching science shows, and hiking along the trails. Griffith Observatory has also been featured in numerous Hollywood productions, one being “Rebel Without a Cause” starring the late James Dean.
I particularly enjoyed the newest science show “Light of the Valkyries”, an explanation about the occurrence of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) tied in with the myths and astrological stories of the Vikings. The show cost $5 and lasted about 35 min. Narration was provided by the host of the show, producing a nostalgic feeling for story telling. The screen in the dome encompasses the entire ceiling, making the audience very engaged with the visuals.
The Griffith Observatory also allows visitors to get a glimpse of the solar system through its telescope in the evening for free. This is a great place to escape the hectic citylife and enjoy the relaxing scenery. You may even bump into a celebrity when you go; I unexpectedly saw John Barrowman from Desperate Housewives there! It is in Hollywood after all. 🙂