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

Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Guided Tour

1. 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: Famous Neighbourhoods and Celebrity Homes Tours

2. Los Angeles: Famous Neighbourhoods and Celebrity Homes Tours

Get an insider look at LA culture, history, landmarks, and hot spots. Stop at The Santa Monica Pier, The Grove/Original Farmer's Market for shopping and lunch, and see Griffith Observatory before scoping celebrity homes. Meet at 10 AM to board your open-air bus. First, see The Hollywood Walk of Fame, embedded with more than 2,500 terrazzo and brass stars bearing the names of celebrities honored for their contributions to the entertainment industry. Next, stop at The Boulevard, one of the most famous streets in all of Los Angeles. See where many film locations for movies and TV shows take place. Then, head to The Sunset Strip. Drive past restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that are popular with celebrities. From here, continue to West Hollywood, the area that is home to many celebrities, as well as some of the best nightlife in all of Los Angeles. You'll see Beverly Hills next, located on the west side of Los Angeles. It is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the world. The next stop is Rodeo Drive, a famous shopping district located in Beverly Hills. Keep your eyes open for celebrities and paparazzi. Continue to Bel Air, and see The Getty Center's campus with gardens and views of Los Angeles. Then, stop at Santa Monica Pier for an hour. Go for a stroll on the pier, get some food and drinks, or play carnival games. See the 3rd Street Promenade, which is a pedestrian-only shopping district. Drive through Culver City and past Sony Pictures headquarters. The next drive-by is by Fairfax Avenue's Farmers Market. You'll also see the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum from the outside. The next stop is for an hour-long lunch at The Grove, also known as The Original Farmer's Market. Choose from over 80 places to eat, drink, and shop. After lunch, you'll cruise past Melrose Avenue, Paramount Studios, and Griffith Park and Observatory. Finally, head to Rodeo Drive for a 2-Hour Celebrity Homes Tour (the 2nd part of your tour with your guide). Ride in the open-air bus past celebrity homes, including Tom Cruise, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elvis Presley, Quentin Tarantino, and others.

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: 1-Hour Mulholland Trail Horseback Riding Tour

5. Los Angeles: 1-Hour Mulholland Trail Horseback Riding Tour

Ride up in the Hollywood Hills for 1 hour, 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

6. 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.

LA: City and Beach Highlights Tour with Transfer Options

7. 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 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.

Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Minibus Tour

9. Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Minibus Tour

Start in Downtown Los Angeles and discover notable landmarks like The Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Continue through trendy neighborhoods such as Echo Park, Silverlake, and Los Feniz until you reach Griffith Park Observatory. From this ideal viewpoint, admire the views of the iconic Hollywood Sign and the Los Angeles skyline. Next, visit Hollywood Boulevard, where you can place your hands in the handprints of movie stars outside the Chinese Theater. Walk down the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame and spot the tiles dedicated to famous pop culture figures. Travel through West Hollywood to see the nightlife hub of the Sunset Strip, before arriving at one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world, Beverly Hills. Take pictures at the iconic Beverly Hills sign and see designer stores where the rich and famous shop along Rodeo Drive. Finally, end your tour with a lunch stop at the Original Farmers Market at The Grove, a historic and popular meeting point among locals and tourists alike. Enjoy food from a diverse range of restaurants and buy memorabilia at one of the many unique shops only found in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles: Downtown Landing Helicopter Tour

10. Los Angeles: Downtown Landing Helicopter Tour

This downtown helicopter landing package includes a 45-minute helicopter tour and 30 minutes of private time on top of a city building with a complimentary sparking wine toast, dessert and rose. Your helicopter adventure begins over the breathtaking coastal areas of Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Marina Del Rey. You will soar over the exclusive celebrity homes of Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills and the eclectic Sunset Strip. Experience what only helicopters can do and land atop a building overlooking the stunning downtown skyline. After a toast and pictures like no other, you will be whisked off to marvel at the jaw-dropping sights of Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Live, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, the iconic Hollywood Sign and Universal Studios.

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What people are saying about Griffith Observatory

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based on 551 reviews

Jeff was a fantastic tour guide, providing comic relief and informative tips along the tour. It's a great way to start any trip to LA for first-timers as you get an overview of things to see and do. I can't wait to go back to Griffith Observatory, Grove and Farmers Market, and LA Brea Tarpits.

Our the tour guide Jeff kept us entertained throughout our journey! It’s a perfect tour to do when you don’t want to drive to all these touristy places yourself! We had ample time at each stop to enjoy the scenery. I definitely would recommend this to friends!

Even though we visited LA. and vicinity, Sammy Dorian was an excellent guide with excellent history and stories about L. A. With good humor. I and my husband enjoyed thoroughly.

The Diver John was an excellent host, he was very knowledgeable, welcoming and did a great job all day. Thank you John for making my stopover a nice experience.

Dave was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Really enjoyed the tour.