The Hollywood sign is a must see for most first-time LA visitors. Although you cannot walk right up to the sign, you can get great views and pictures from a distance. Here are some ideas on some of the best and easy to get to spots.
1) Hollywood & Highland Center - This shopping mall is located on Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Avenue in the heart of Hollywood. There is a patio on the top northeast corner of the shopping complex that provides a perfect view of the Hollywood sign. Best of all, if you will be driving, they offer affordable $2 parking for 2 hours of parking (with validation from participating shops, restaurants and night clubs).
2) Griffith Park Observatory - The observatory provides sweeping views of the entire city, as well as the Hollywood sign. Several guests enjoy visiting around dusk to get a day and evening view of the city.
Happy picture taking!
Metro bus and rail rates will increase as of September 15, 2014. Please note that fares will be:
BASE FARE: $1.75 (Includes 2 hours of transfers ONLY when using money loaded on a TAP card)
DAY PASS: $7
7 DAY PASS: $25
Day Passes can be purchased and reloaded right on the bus or from a ticket vending machine at Metro stations. For additional info on using and loading a TAP card, read our blog post on this topic or click here to visit the official Metro site.
If you want to get a taste of glamorous Hollywood Hills homes and great views of the city, the Mulholland Drive scenic drive can be a great experience. Be aware that some stretches of road are very windy/curvy, so drive safely.
One of the best highlights of the tour is the Hollywood Bowl Overlook, which is best accessed when traveling from West to East. It will be easy to stop at that point since it will be on the same side of the road you are driving on.
Click here to visit LA Tourist for additional tips on where to access Mulholland, and a full Mulholland Drive scenic route map.