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The Top Panoramic Views in Los Angeles

3 Best City Views in L.A.

#1 Hollywood Sign Los Angeles, California.

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California
The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California
The Famous Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles

Situated high above the city, Hollywood Hills is both one of the most affluent and one of the most scenic areas in LA. The Hollywood Sign is one of Los Angeles's most recognized icons and boasts some of the most breathtaking vistas. Originally built as "HOLLYWOODLAND" for a real estate development, the sign was rebuilt as "HOLLYWOOD" in 1949.

Almost as famous as the sign itself are some of the movies that claimed it's backdrop including, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Gangster Squad, Rock of Ages, Hollywoodland, and City of Angels. List of movies filmed at this location.


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#2 Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, California.

Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles
Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles
Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles, California

The 2nd most popular view is the Griffith Observatory. From this vantage point sitting above the largest municipal park in the nation, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Hollywood Sign, and Downtown Los Angeles. Griffith Park has many options for a fun hike up to the Observatory or you can drive right up to the top. Head up the trail directly behind the Observatory’s parking lot, which will lead you up a gentle trail to the perfect vantage point.

Remember James Dean in his iconic pose from “Rebel Without a Cause” that showed a pensive person looking out into the atmosphere for as far as his eyes could see? James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause(1955) is the one iconic film that put the observatory’s in the world’s gaze. Other films include Jurassic Park, La La Land, The Terminator, and Transformers. List of movies filmed at Griffith Park Observatory.


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#3 Getty Center Brentwood, Los Angeles, California.

The Getty Center, California
J. Paul Getty Museum, Brentwood, California
The Getty Center , Los Angeles, California

The $1.3 billion Getty Center is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Getty Center is a unique destination that incorporates architect Richard Meier’s modern design with the beauty of the outdoors, including gardens, open spaces, and spectacular views of Los Angeles. The entrance to the museum is free, so take some time to walk around and check out the exhibits.

The Getty Center was used for filming some scenes of the latest Star Trek film Into Darkness. The Entrance Hall, the Museum Courtyard, as well as a few other locations were reimagined as Starfleet Headquarters. Another well-know movie filmed at this location was Thor, 2011. See list of movies filmed at The Getty Center.


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