Make a day of it and hike the West Trail Loop before stargazing at Griffith Observatory. Set off through Fern Dell Park, designated a Historic Cultural Monument in 1973 (it was a Gabrielino Native American village site) and keep to the right of the scenic dirt trail until you reach the Observatory’s grounds. Movie buffs: you may recognize this area from the movie Yes Man starring Jim Carrey. It’s easy to spend a few hours exploring the planetarium, relaxing in The Café at the End of the Universe and admiring the building’s architectural beauty in between peering through telescopes at the magnificent view. To complete the loop, keep right at the fork when heading back down. Note: time your descent well as trails close at sunset, which is when parking tickets are given out on Fern Dell Drive. It's also possible to simply drive up and park at the observatory.  

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Los Feliz is an affluent residential neighbourhood, home to celebrities and high-profile locals. It encompasses parts of Griffith Park and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Fern Dell Drive at Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Feliz

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