Sorry in advance for the endless photos in this post, but when you put me in front of an incredible view like the one from the Griffith Observatory I just can't help myself snapping away, even if most of the photos look identical because they're of the same view each time!
The Griffith Observatory has almost 360 degree views of LA. There's a hike that you can do all the way to the top and when you eventually get there, it's breathtaking. I recommend starting the hike around 4:15pm, which takes about 30 minutes to walk (or double that if you're like me and stop to take photos every 5 minutes!) so that you reach the top before sunset. This way you see the views in the light and then in the orangey, red tones of the sunset.
The roads look like a grid map up here and you can see Downtown perfectly as a silhouette against the setting sun. And what would a view of LA be without the Hollywood sign! There are telescopes dotted around so you can take a closer look and spot things in the distance - the shop I bought a dress from, the cafe I drank a coffee at, the park I walked around. I could spend hours up here.
The huge telescope in one of the domes (by huge, I mean HUGE - just take a look at the photo below!) is shut during the day to prevent people blinding themselves from the sun. Wise move! But it is open after sunset so next time I'll have to stick around because I only found this out after we left.
This is my last blog post from my trip to California! I hope you've enjoyed coming along with me on the journey...