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Mount Wilson Observatory

Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
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Lovely drive with a reward at the end!

Ready for a scenic drive and nice walk in the mountains? This is your place to visit. Don't... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Plano, TX
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... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2016
Los Angeles, California
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Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in America.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good31%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“day trip” (6 reviews)
“los angeles” (4 reviews)
“telescope” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA

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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 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.

Thank montrealdoula
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...More

Thank TravelBill945
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...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 21 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.

Thank volejbalistkapipa
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...More

Thank Robert L
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...More

Thank oldnorman
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Juan N
What are the hours of operations and its there a fee to get in?
4 May 2015|
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Response from Skytrekker | Reviewed this property |
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