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Hollywood Sign

6342 Mulholland Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90068-1648
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    One of the most famous signs in the world. It's nice to see, but once you do, the experience is pretty much over. Try to get a nice view of it
    from Griffith Park, but wouldn't suggest going out of your way to see it.

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  • Hollywood SignPro 2014
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    Here are some good places from which to view and photograph the sign:

    1. The fourth level of the Hollywood & Highland Center;

    2. Beachwood Drive off Franklin Avenue. A drive up Beachwood will provide a number of photo opportunities. If you travel to the end of Beachwood there is a parking area and the starting point for hiking trails that lead closer to the sign, which itself has rather heavy security; and

    3. Off Barham Boulevard from the 101 Freeway travel toward 3202 Canyon Lake Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. In addition, a short distance past an attractive dog park there is a nice viewing area of a segment of the Los Angeles Basin and a number of close-up views of the sign. If you continue on Canyon Lake Drive you will eventually reach Beachwood Drive.

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    HOLLYWOOD!!

    If you're ever visiting LA, this is definitely one stop you must drop by. Where else can you get a good view of the Hollywood sign? Hollywood, famous for being the top movie/film city in the world.

    You cannot get up close to the sign (unless you go on the hiking trail that stops behind it), so this is probably one of the better spots you can stop at and snap photos. If you go a little bit further down near the park, you also get a nice view with some grassy greens in the background, if you prefer that. You can bring your dogs there as well.

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  • Hollywood SignPro 2014

    The Hollywood Sign is a must-see attraction in the area, and it is hard to miss. There are some good vantage points on Mulholland Drive.

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  • Hollywood Sign

    I did the Hollywood Hike to see the sign. Super easy hike, you'll see mothers pushing strollers up because they have blacktop concrete up the majority of the hike. Parking can be tricky so plan in advance here: http://www.parkme.com/hollywood-parking/

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  • Hollywood Sign

    Never been there, but my friends have been.
    They like to hike, so this could be for you if you like to hike too!

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    As someone who just moved to the LA area, I figured visiting the Hollywood sign would be one of those overrated cliché landmarks to visit. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the hike up to the sign, the views are incredible, especially on a clear day, the smog can really be hit or miss but regardless, still worth a shot.

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    I mean who doesn't go to LA and try to get some sort of picture of the Hollywood sign? Or make sure you take a road that will let you catch a glimpse of it.

    Sure you can't get really close to it, and that's a bummer, but I understand that they're trying to upkeep it and keep the integrity of it, so be it. There are tons if locations to see this sign, but the best one is the unmarked one. It's up Canyon through the neighborhood and right above the reservoir. There's a park there on both sides of the road and the road widens from the twisty narrow neighborhood roads, to one wide enough to park on both sides. This is pretty much the closest you can to it by car and be able to get out and snap a photo. I highly suggest checking this rout out. There will be no signs though, as its kind of a "locals only" type of deal.

    Nothing fancy, it's actually a lot smaller, and kinda hard to see from most places, but still worth a quick drive to snap a photo.

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  • Hollywood Sign

    You can get PRETTY close. Mounty Lee- starts at Deronda Drive- note parking restrictions before setting off. Takes about an hour to get up there. Jumping the fence can get you arrested, so don't try it.

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    Thanks Gogobot, I couldn't have visited this place without you. Great view of Hollywood sight. Totally enjoyed it .

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    It is a landmark. It is also highly overrated. There is no easy way to get a well angled picture of the sign. I don't understand why people would go through all the troubles anyway. LA has so much more to often than a silly sign.

    If you must get a picture for some unknown reasons, Griffith Park Observatory is a good spot. While you are there, make sure you spend some time in the observatory. It is stunning.

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    We didn't get to go all the way up to the sign itself (apparently, it's tough to do?) but it was visible from a bunch of different spots. The best was probably from the Griffith Observatory.

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  • Hollywood Sign

    It's amazing how much fun you can have at a sign. My friend and I had the greatest time taking photos & coming up with clever ways to capture it. Also there is a charming park right near it!

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    A Must See when you visit LA! When you travel by car, you can park your car at Hollywood & Highland Center. For more info see http://www.hollywoodsign.org/seeing-the-sign/hollywood-highland/

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  • Hollywood Sign

    Tough to get to, but if you are up for an adventure, it's not too far away! For the less adventurous, normal people, DO NOT miss the view of the famed sign from the entrance of the Hollywood Reservoir (marked on the map)!!

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    Great hike up to the sign but just know you cannot get very close and the hike is not short. Great to see though.

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    So I have done a quick look at all of the Hollywood Sign hiking trails and it looks like most of you did the Hollyridge Trail... Consequently I think you just like the odor of the horsies... However I made the trek a different way, which was longer, only partially on the super wide paved service roads and sometimes charging through the scrub brush at breakneck speed clambering over rocks and through moss covered flora and fauna.

    Essentially my buddy Neil and I went up the Griffith Observatory hike to the overlook, then set off across ridgelines to get to the sign. It's not like it's an easy site to miss. We ended up with a 5+ mile hike in total up and down several times as we wound around several peaks on a couple of ridges on the way there.

    Pro Tip: Bring more than a single bottle of water if you decide to hike via the ridgeline... The other routes maybe a single bottle or two is fine, but the ridgeline is a lot further in the hot sun and needs some extra to drink so you don't get too dehydrated or get heatstroke.

    Part of the trail is somewhat dusty (primarily the Griffith Overlook portion of the hike). Once you get about a 14 mile past that area on a fireroad, the dust disappears. There are several trails that wind their way on both sides of the peaks going down the ridgeline over to the Hwood Sign. Some are more used than others and its easy to see, but being able to cut on both sides of the peaks provides for a lot of new views and different looks making sure things get changed up a little bit. Both ways also provide the ability to do some limited bouldering if you so choose.

    We also saw a lot of spor and sign of wild animals, primarily deer, but didn't see anything other than birds. We did however enjoy looking down at all the people on the paved roads winding their way around like ants =)

    Overall it was a very fun hike without too many others. The route we took only had about 10 other people the entire time we were hiking. Whereas every other group down below on the fire/service roads were that big. The ridgeline also let out at the service road as it wound up behind the Hollywood sign and allowed us a great view from the promontory above it of all of the LA Basin and the SF Valley. I would enjoy doing this hike again and would likely take the same route, as I am never one for the simple and boring regular hikes. See you on the trails my friends...

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    The Hollywood sign is located at the top of Beachwood Canyon, a charming enclave at the base of Lake Hollywood - or step out onto our private rooftop and have your own private view of the sign!

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  • Hollywood Sign

    A Hollywood Must-See! Walk (less than a mile, 15 minutes) or take the Metrorail connecting bus on La Brea to the Hollywood Highland Center - a destination in itself: site of the Oscars, movie iconic characters and hop-on/hop-off tour buses on the street, designer shops, cheap-to-expensive eats, and much more! Walk to the upper level bridge and there before you is the panoramic view of the Hollywood sign.

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    Another great PHP hike. This hike is about 7 miles, and well worth it. The views are breathtaking, especially early morning when you see the sun rise and the clouds over Los Angeles. There are different ways to approach this hike, but each way has great views. You go from dirt road to fire road all the way up.

    Parking is at the Observatory, or street parking. This is also an awesome night hike, because of the city views you would get to see once your up at the sign. The beauty of city lights from above.

    Great hike, not overly difficult, and you get to enjoy some great views of the city from 360 degrees.

    Also after the hike, you are close enough to get some great grub! A must hike for anyone that wants to see the Hollywood sign up close and personal.

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The Hollywood sign is an iconic landmark in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. Built in 1923 by a housing developer, the sign originally read “Hollywoodland” and served as an advertisement for a new development in the Hollywood Hills. It was meant to be a short-term installation, but quickly gained international recognition as the film industry took off. The sign’s uneven layout and stark white lettering have spawned imitations the world over, from Serbia to New Zealand to Indonesia. The city of Los Angeles proved its dedication to the sign in 2010 when a successful city-wide campaign was launched to save the sign and surrounding land from an ambitious developer.

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