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Mount Wilson Observatory

Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
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Trifecta: View, History, Science

NOTE: Adventure Pass needed to park. We really enjoy this day trip up Hwy 2. It's a unique and... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Los Angeles, California
Must see for Astronomy buffs . . . see where Edwin Hubble made history

Most people in LA aren't aware of this place, however a huge number of achievements in astronomy... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
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Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in America.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good33%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“day trip” (7 reviews)
“los angeles” (5 reviews)
“cosmic cafe” (3 reviews)
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Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

NOTE: Adventure Pass needed to park. We really enjoy this day trip up Hwy 2. It's a unique and cool(er) place to visit and something different to do in LA. At an altitude of 5715 feet, the view on a clear day is as far...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Most people in LA aren't aware of this place, however a huge number of achievements in astronomy occurred here by Edwin Hubble and others. The views of the LA basin are impressive. they have a number of hiking trails and picnic areas. The observatory is...More

Thank marktS5189DV
Reviewed 31 July 2017

This place is not the easiest to get to, up mountain roads with little forgiveness, but so well worth it. When you get there, and treat yourself to the exhibits, you'll find that this is the place where mankind learned just about everything we know...More

Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Absolutely wonderful experience where we scheduled a summer fun learning expedition high atop Mt Wilson touring the observatory that to this very day is currently employed by astronomers still researching the stars, planets & galaxies above! Lots of captivating history of this phenomenal place as...More

Thank Rene P
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Ready for a scenic drive and nice walk in the mountains? This is your place to visit. Don't expect anything elaborate, but do expect some nice fresh air and beautiful vistas.

Thank AWalding
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Just the back of Arcadia. But need to drive about one hour from the west side of the mountain to the observatory. Sometimes even can see could sea on the top. You can see the whole San Gabriel valley and the skyline of LA. It's...More

Thank HDONG-coh
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Located on a mountain top . Great View of Los Angeles. Very good exhibits about the solar system and other celestial objects.Found it most educative. Was a very nice learning experience. Visited by many school groups

Thank Surendra143
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Staggering views to be seen. Incredibly empty and unspoilt. worth going to see the amazing scenery. Only about an hours drive from LA.

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 29 June 2016

We drove out of Pasadena for about 45 minutes until we were in the mountains. Amazing views! We got there after 5pm so the observatory was closed but we went for a beautiful hike.

Thank montrealdoula
Reviewed 24 June 2016

The Mount Wilson Observatory is where Edwin Hubble made the observations and took the photographs that enabled him to prove the nebulae in the sky were really collections of stars (galaxies) and thus give us an accurate understanding that the universe was bigger than our...More

Thank TravelBill945
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Between April 1 and November 30 it is open from 10 to 5 daily. There is no charge for parking or walking around the grounds or visiting the museum. There is a small café that is open from 10 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday... More