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Your Ultimate Guide to Hollywood Sign Viewing: ๐ŸŒŸ Easy Tips for the Top 5 Free Ways! ๐Ÿž๏ธ


Ever felt lost trying to find the best way to see the Hollywood Sign? ๐Ÿค” Don't worry! I've personally tried nearly every method and found the top three ways just for you, so stay tuned with Haque's EYE! ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ Let's dive in together and explore!




๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ No list of must-see places in Los Angeles would be complete without mentioning the iconic Hollywood Sign. Perched atop Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills, this world-famous landmark symbolized the entertainment industry for nearly a century.๐ŸŒŸ



History Time!


โœจ Did you know Hollywood was not built as a City Icon at first? ๐Ÿ˜ฒ


๐ŸŒณIn 1923, the Hollywood Sign was erected as a real estate advertisement, originally reading "Hollywoodland" to promote a housing development. ๐Ÿก By the 1940s, the "land" part was removed, leaving the iconic "Hollywood." #HollywoodHistory



It was only intended to stand for about 18 months.๐Ÿ˜ฒ



๐Ÿž๏ธ Despite threats of demolition, the sign endures as a beloved landmark, drawing millions of visitors yearly. ๐ŸŒŽToday, it symbolizes dreams, ambition, and the allure of Hollywood, representing the city's cinematic history and cultural significance. ๐ŸŽฅ



Top 5 Ways to Explore Hollywood Sign


While you can't get up close to the sign itself (it's fenced off and protected), several vantage points around the city offer stunning views of the 45-foot-tall letters. The top 5 spots to take in the sign include:



1. Hiking to Mount Lee via Brush Canyon Trail ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฅพ


๐Ÿฅต So, you're all hyped to catch that iconic Hollywood Sign view, from up close, right? Well, buckle up, because this hike's gonna be a rollercoaster ride! ๐Ÿ




Points to be noted:


๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ Start at the end of Canyon Drive in Griffith Park.

โฐ Duration: Approximately 3-4 hours round trip.

๐Ÿฅต Difficulty: Hard

โ›ฐ๏ธ Trail length: 6.5 miles with steady incline.

๐Ÿ’ง Bring water and suitable footwear.





First things first, skip the hassle and snag an Uber to the end of Canyon Drive. If you're driving, park inside Griffith Park or along the street, but watch out for those "No Parking" signs โ€“ you don't want a ticket ruining your day!





As you start walking, you'll feel the trail getting steeper. I am talking about 600 feet up over a mile, so channel your inner mountain goat! ๐Ÿ But don't worry, it's just a warm-up for the real adventure ahead!๐Ÿฅต





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The entire trail is exposed, so don't forget to pack sunglasses ๐Ÿ•ถ๏ธ and sunscreen! ๐Ÿงด It's best to avoid hiking during the summer months, especially during midday when the sun is at its strongest.

At the first junction, turn LEFT onto the Mulholland Trail. ๐Ÿ”„ But here's the twist! Along the way, you'll encounter two more trails โ€“ Beechwood and Mt. Lee. ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ Now, common sense might suggest, 'Follow the Hollywood Sign and take a LEFT!' However, you need to take a RIGHT at both junctions. ๐Ÿ”€ It may seem like you're moving away from the sign, but that's because the trail follows a spiral path! Trust me on this one.






Story Time ๐Ÿ˜„

I hiked the trail with some of my local friends, relying on their guidance blindly โ€“ talk about trust, right? ๐Ÿ˜„ After exploring the sign, we decided to head towards the Griffith Observatory, visible from afar. The hike was going smoothly until... bam! No cell service! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ And to top it off, we realized we were running low on water. Double yikes! As the sun began to set, panic crept in. Were we about to become snake snacks?! ๐Ÿ






After what felt like an eternity of stumbling around, we finally spotted Griffith's Parking in the distance. Hallelujah! ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒ We powered through, drenched in sweat but victorious. Turns out, we had missed a crucial turn somewhere along the way. Rookie mistake, but hey, it made for one heck of a story to tell! ๐Ÿ˜… ๐Ÿ˜…


Moral of the story? Do your research, pack plenty of water, and maybe invest in a compass or GPS watch. Oh, and keep an eye out for those slithery friends!



2. Driving to Mulholland Drive ๐Ÿš—


๐Ÿš—Are you up for a romantic drive with your significant other? ๐Ÿ’‘ Set out on a thrilling adventure along Mulholland Drive, a legendary road winding through the Santa Monica Mountains, renowned for its breathtaking cityscapes and celebrity homes. ๐ŸŒŸ





Points to be noted:


๐Ÿš™ Take the road merging with HWY 101

โฐ Duration: Approximately 1 hour round trip.

๐Ÿ‘ Difficulty: Moderate

โ›ฐ๏ธ Length: 5.5 miles (Winding)

๐Ÿ‘๏ธ There are several viewpoints (Marked on the map)



๐ŸŽฅ Along the way, pause at lookout points to see iconic landmarks like the Hollywood Sign and Universal Studios, each accompanied by informative plaques detailing LA's fascinating history and natural beauty. ๐Ÿž๏ธ If you are feeling more adventurous, hit the trails (marked on the way) for a picturesque hike and a delightful picnic with panoramic city views. ๐Ÿฅช๐ŸŒ†






๐Ÿ But wait, there's more! Mulholland Drive is prime for celebrity spotting! You can cruise past lavish residences where Hollywood's elite reside!๐ŸŽถ Remember to be respectful of their privacy.๐ŸŒŸ And don't forget to swing by the historic Country Canyon Store, which was a to-go place for legendary icons like Frank Zappa and Carole King. โ˜•






โœจ I would suggest you take the drive late in the afternoon and stay there till dusk. As day turns to night, Mulholland Drive transforms into a mesmerizing spectacle with the city lights twinkling in the distance, offering a breathtaking sunset experience. ๐ŸŒ… Remember to drive cautiously on the winding roads! ๐ŸŒƒ



3. Viewpoints from Griffith Park ๐Ÿ›๏ธ


๐ŸŒ‡ย For one of the most famous vantage points of the iconic Hollywood Sign, head to the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park. ๐Ÿž๏ธ This is definitely one of the most accessible and convenient spots to view and photograph the iconic Sign up close. The Observatory grounds are free to access and open to visitors during set hours daily. ๐Ÿ’ซ






Points to be noted:


๐Ÿš™ Getting parking nearby is difficult

โฐ Duration: Approximately 2-3 hours

๐Ÿ‘ Difficulty: Easy

๐Ÿ“ธ Facing the West would give you the best shots!


๐ŸŒ… Watching the sunset from Griffith Observatory is an LA classic, but it's a hot spot, so arrive early! โฐ Crowds gather for this iconic view, especially if you want a peek at the Hollywood Sign. ๐ŸŒŸ Beat the rush and aim to arrive by 4 PM to snag a spot in the closest paid parking lot at the top. ๐Ÿš— Trust me, the early start is worth it for that picture-perfect moment with the Hollywood Sign as the sun dips below the horizon! ๐Ÿ“ธโœจ






๐ŸŽฌ You can also head to Griffith Observatory's parking lot corner for epic trails! ๐Ÿž๏ธ Follow the main path past the Berlin sign (5795 miles away!), and voila! ๐ŸŒŸ You will see a shady spot with a bench and a killer view of the Hollywood Sign. โœจ It's like finding hidden treasure in Tinseltown! ๐Ÿฅพ


๐ŸฅพThere's another awesome trail that will take you to Dante's View (Not the Death Valley's One!). ๐ŸŒŸWith the elevation gain on this hike, you don't need to crane your neck up to see the Hollywood Sign. Nope, you'll look straight across at it like a true Hollywood VIP! ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŒŸ



4. Hollywood & Highland


Hollywood & Highland is at the center of Hollywood! ๐ŸŒŸ It's a bustling spot where you can feel the energy of the city. ๐Ÿ™๏ธ You'll find cool shops, delicious restaurants, and even a famous theater where they host big events like the Oscars! ๐ŸŽฌ





Points to be noted:


๐Ÿ’ต Most of the shops are pretty expensive

๐Ÿ‘ Difficulty: Easy access to the viewing bridge

๐Ÿ˜ฒ Sometimes it can be crowded especially during weekends


Also, if you want some awesome pics, head to the back of the plaza! ๐Ÿ“ธ You can get some really cool shots there. And if you want an even better view, take the escalators up to the viewing bridges. From there, you can see the Hollywood sign up on the hill. It looks super cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž





Oh, and there are some telescopes you can use to see it even closer. Just make sure you've got some quarters with you! ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ”ญ



5. Picnic at Lake Hollywood Park ๐Ÿงบ


Lake Hollywood Park is perfect if you want a great view without having to climb mountains! ๐Ÿž๏ธ Just find a comfy spot on the grass or a bench, relax, and enjoy the stunning scenery. ๐ŸŒŸ No climbing needed, just chill and take it all in!






Did you know that the Hollywood sign is super protected? ๐Ÿš“


๐Ÿ‘ฎIt's almost like it's as secure as Fort Knox! They have this special security system to ensure nobody messes with it. Even the Department of Homeland Security is on board to keep it safe. ๐Ÿš They've got razor wire, infrared lights, alarms, and even helicopter patrols, to make sure everything's okay! So if you ever wanted to sneak up to the Hollywood sign, think again! ๐Ÿ›‘ They've got it covered!






๐ŸŒ„No matter how you choose to view it, the Hollywood Sign is a must-see in Los Angeles. ๐ŸŽฌ This big sign is like the heart of the city, showing off its cool history and love for movies. ๐ŸŒดWhether you're into movies, history, or just love cool stuff, put the Hollywood Sign on your LA bucket list. It's all about that glitz, glamour, and feeling like a star! ๐ŸŒŸ Which viewing method will you choose?๐ŸŽฌLet me know in the comment! Will see you at some other corner of the world, till then happy exploring with Haque's EYE!



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