This structure, located atop Mt. Lee in Griffith Park , is perhaps the most enduring symbol of Hollywood. The nine 50-foot ... More
This structure, located atop Mt. Lee in Griffith Park , is perhaps the most enduring symbol of Hollywood. The nine 50-foot (15 meter) letters can be seen from all over the L.A. basin, and occasionally even from passing aircraft. Originally constructed in 1923 and reading "Hollywoodland," it was actually a promotional tool meant to draw attention to housing developments in a nearby section of the Hollywood Hills. By the 1970s, however, the letters were in pretty bad shape, so the city decided to reconstruct it and began promoting it as a tourist attraction. Check website for further details regarding the Hollywood Sign.
Do not bother wasting your time driving to the Hoillywood Sign after dark, as it is nit lit and you cannot take any pictures. i had to photoshop the sign into my photos because I was dumb enough to get there after sunset and had a flight the next day, Also, best way to go is up BEACHWOOD CANYON. Avoid Barham/LAke Hiollywood Dr., as it wraps you around a reservoir with an ugly rusted chain link fence and nothing to see,
never been but its looks SO much fun!! :) ...........................................................................................................................................................................................
Go directly up winding Beachwood Drive and at the dead end you will find parking for about 5 cars. Hike the little dirt trail and you have the best view of the world famous, Hollywood Sign. At dusk the pictures were not as crystal clear. To the left, you get a beautiful unobstructive view of L.A.
It was awesome to see it, and it really almost gave me goosebumps. The problem is that it is hard to find and get a good view of the sign. You will drive through the hills forever to find a good vantage point. There is a dog park at the bottom somewhere, and it you can find it you can get a great view of the sign and downtown LA from the other side.
What an awesome experience to see the Hollywood sign! I've seen it so many times on TV, but to see it in person - WOW!! The letters are like five stories tall & half the width of a large building. Did not imagine that it would be so big! The Hollywood sign is a MUST SEE!
There's not much to do but look at it, and you can't get up close and personal anymore, but there's something undeniably awesome about being in the presence of the Hollywood Sign, especially if, like me, you're in love with LA and the movie and television industry.
I wouldn't recommend going up there if there's any sign it's about to get dark though, because even if it looks like there's enough light for decent photos, chances are they'll turn out very dark and you won't be able to see the sign in the background.
Beachwood Drive is the best place to see it from these days, especially if you climb the hill (it's not difficult, I did it in 4 inch heels!)
You cant get real close but if you take beachwood all the way up to the horse riding place there is a pull off and you can do a small hike (we did it with flip slops) and then the views are amazing of the sign and of the city great palce for pictures and hardly anyone around.
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