I was lucky enough to show up when traffic was very light and parking was relatively abundant at the top of the hill. Unfortunately, I was too early to actually go inside but that was OK. I was more interested in the architecture and the views versus what was inside the building. Most of my visit I was able to walk around and shoot pictures uninhibited, which was surprising to me but I enjoyed it while I could. As the morning went on more tourist started to show up and the parking lot became packed. I knew my people-less pictures where over. Instead of leaving, I decided to enjoy the view from the rear of the observatory that overlooked Los Angeles. This is a city I once loathed and ached when I had to visit before, but as my list grows longer and I continue to visit, I find myself approaching it with a newfound attitude and I’m slowly realizing this city has a lot to offer and enough heritage to keep me busy for quite awhile.
There should be little reason why this made it on my list but for those who don’t understand why, I’ll explain. The Griffith Observatory is a pretty monumental location for Southern California residents. It seems to be very popular with TV shows and movies (I’ve seen it used more times than I can remember) and the view from the rear of the building over Los Angeles is like no other I have seen so far.