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Address: Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
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Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best...

Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in America.

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A great skyline view of LA!

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... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2016
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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 14 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 high enough for you to see the Pacific Ocean. Better to go late the afternoon... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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80 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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

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Poole, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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.

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Montreal, Canada
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50 reviews
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Reviewed 30 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.

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Pleasant Hill, California
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 own home Milky Way Galaxy. Go there and see the magnificent 100 inch reflector telescope... More 

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Plainview, Texas
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016

Read up on Edwin Hubble the astronomist. He has made the greatest discoveries in cosmology. Now take your family to see were it happened. How Albert Einstein came to visit and actually see Hubbles locker and the telescopes he used to discover galaxies and our expanding universe. It's a beautiful spot in the forest on a mountain. My son still... More 

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Thank Brian M
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

very romantic and fantastic place for picnic, hiking trip or just for a cool ride. the scenaries are massive and especially before the sunset. i was amazed.

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

I think it is a good day trip from LA even if you are not crazy about the science. I wandered about at the site and also stopped along the way. Good for easy hikes and I'd they are open then take a look at any of the telescopes.

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Thank Robert L
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

It was far better than seeing it on a plane. The famous observatory visible fromhigh up over my sons home - but how high up! It is higher than Ben Nevis and when the cloud system is right then you can see a panoramic view of Los Angles. But that isn't half of it. The drive up is fantastic and... More 

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Malibu, California
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

We all heard those words..."broadcasting from high atop Mt. Wilson. Before television, they built telescopes to explore the universe, stars etc. Besides an education, you get great views. Drive-up...not so much fun. Hike up via toll road---challenging Hike up via chantry flats---challenging with really cool views and trees...I'll review the hike from chantry flats.

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