Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood sign sits on the side of Mount Lee in Hollywood and is an iconic symbol of Los Angeles’ entertainment industry. Though direct access to the giant nine white letters is restricted, thanks to it being protected by the Trust for Public Land, there are plenty of great viewpoints in and around the city to take that famous Hollywood shot.

History

This sign and symbol of the entertainment industry was originally built in 1923 as part of a real estate marketing scheme and has remained there ever since, long since the real estate scheme ended. The sign was however rebuilt in 1978 through preservation efforts and has since then received a grand makeover for its 90th birthday in 2013. The sign overlooks the bright lights of Los Angeles and has been featured in many movies over the years.

Access

One of the best place to view the Hollywood sign if from Griffith Observatory and the DASH Observatory Bus runs trips up here regularly. From here you can see it from the observatory car park or take the three-mile loop hike from Canyon Road for a closer viewing. For those seeking a little more adventure, the sign can also be seen on a horse riding trek from Sunset Ranch or get a bird’s eye view on a helicopter tour. For those short of time, you can view the sign from the Hollywood Boulevard.