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Griffith Observatory: An Iconic LA Experience

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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As any fan of LaLa Land knows, some of the best views of the city of angels can be found at Griffith Observatory. On a recent visit to LA we had planned to meet friends there to catch up and enjoy the views. After consulting google maps and the internet, we noticed that traffic near the park seemed horrible and visitors noted that parking can be difficult. We parked our car near the Sunset/Vermont Station of the Metro Red Line and hopped on the DASH Observatory bus. For just 50 cents we got a quick and convenient ride and didn’t need to bother with parking. The views did not disappoint – such an iconic LA experience!
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Los Angeles International Airport
Lots of great food options at this airport. Major downside is that rental cars are offsite and often far away

Bars and nightlife

Dan Sung Sa
Old School Korean bar with small plates and soju drinks


JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
Great hotel with beach access, but beware of resort fees

Points of interest

Santa Monica Pier
Iconic 100 year old pier that houses an amusement park
Pacific Coast Highway / Getty Villa
Free museum dedicated to ancient Greek, Roman, and Etrurian artifacts
Delicious egg sandwiches! Get there early or be prepared to wait
Griffith Observatory
great views of the city from this iconic observatory, made famous by LaLaLand


Bulletproof Coffee
Get your coffee with a shot of grass-fed butter and oils that claim to boost energy
Jimmy's Famous American Tavern
Casual chain restaurant with surprisingly good food, drinks, and atmosphere
Tar & Roses
Delicious small plates, cute outdoor area, and decent beer/wine lists make this a great option for dinner


Ocean Front Walk
Paved path for walker, runners, and cyclists that extends from Venice Beach and up north of Santa Monica

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