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Hollywood sign, Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier

Old Mar 29, 18, 4:31 am
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Hollywood sign, Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier

What's the best way to see the Hollywood sign up close or at least somewhat up close? Is the Griffith Observatory our best be since we are not looking for too much of a hike. Any touring companies recommended? Or other recommendations. Thanks
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Old Mar 29, 18, 9:35 am
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Take a look at these articles:
The Hollywood Sign: The 8 best hikes and viewing options

Community groups lose fight to reopen trailhead to Hollywood Sign
And this thread:
Place to get perspective pics with Hollywood sign
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Old Mar 29, 18, 2:45 pm
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Thanks for the links . May just go with Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier . Trying to decide .
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Originally Posted by Caribgrl View Post
Thanks for the links . May just go with Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier . Trying to decide .
Are you flying into LAX? If so, sit on the right side of the plane and you'll have 99.995% odds of being on the proper side of the plane, and ok odds of a clear enough day for you to get a nice view shortly before landing.
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Originally Posted by Caribgrl View Post
What's the best way to see the Hollywood sign up close or at least somewhat up close? Is the Griffith Observatory our best be since we are not looking for too much of a hike. Any touring companies recommended? Or other recommendations. Thanks
Griffith is kind of a side-angle view of the sign, and it's pretty far away. They have telescopes mounted along the walkway and you can get a better view that way (the ones where you stick a quarter in IIRC). Parking is a huge pain, so either go early, or very late. If your goal is "I want a photo in front of huge white letters to show off on Instagram" for instance, the best view involves a bit of a hike, or perhaps Lake Hollywood Park? You used to be able to get a fairly good view from Beachwood Canyon (though I hear that's now closed).

Venice Beach/Santa Monica Pier are close together -- you can actually walk from one to the other; I'd recommend starting at the corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice, walking up the street, then cut across to the beach and then you can follow the beach up to Santa Monica Pier. Both areas are pretty touristy (i.e. expect long lines in Venice for Salt & Straw, Intelligentsia, etc.).
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Old Mar 29, 18, 9:11 pm
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You get a nice view of the sign when you emerge from the Batcave (actually Bronson Caves) after a short walk up from the parking lot. My ninety-two-year-old father had no trouble negotiating the walk last December.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 11:41 pm
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Thanks for the responses. Will definitely try the right side of the plane to see whatever can be seen...

May skip the Hollywood sign for this trip as it seems based on changes in plans we're kind of losing a day...

Didn't realize Venice and Santa Monica were so close. Sounds like you can park at one and see them both. That will be great for us. So I think we have a winner. Plus don't want to deal with the parking at Griffith on this trip.

Thanks everyone for your responses.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 11:59 pm
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One last...we're staying either at the Holiday Inn Express or a Hilton but both on N. Highland how far is that from say Rodeo Drive? Is it possible to walk there in a reasonable amount of time? Thanks
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One last...we're staying either at the Holiday Inn Express or a Hilton but both on N. Highland how far is that from say Rodeo Drive? Is it possible to walk there in a reasonable amount of time? Thanks
Judging from Google Maps, that's probably a 6-7 mile walk. You could do it, but it's also fairly easy to take a wrong turn into a (potentially) sketchy neighborhood (the area just east of Hollywood can get pretty slummy, despite what you'd think of the vaunted *Hollywood*).

In general, LA is a driving (Uber/Lyft) city; generally you only walk if two neighborhoods are close/adjacent (e.g. Santa Monica/Venice, DTLA/Little Tokyo) or you can always hop on the bus/metro.

For beach parking, you can either park in the Santa Monica garage (first 90 minutes free, ~$1.50/hr. after IIRC) or find street parking around Venice -- be careful of street cleaning days (Tues./Thurs. IIRC).
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Originally Posted by Caribgrl View Post

Didn't realize Venice and Santa Monica were so close. Sounds like you can park at one and see them both. That will be great for us. So I think we have a winner. Plus don't want to deal with the parking at Griffith on this trip.
Yes, you can definitely park once and see both Santa Monica and Venice.

I suggest starting at Santa Monica Pier and walk along the boardwalk to the Venice Pier at Washington Blvd. Then walk thru the Venice Canals (the part that still exists) on your way to Abbott Kinney. Then walk back to Santa Monica via Main Street. This will take you about 2 hours in total at a very relaxing pace.



You can also use bike share or scooter share for part of the trip.

https://santamonicabikeshare.com/

https://www.bird.co/


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One last...we're staying either at the Holiday Inn Express or a Hilton but both on N. Highland how far is that from say Rodeo Drive? Is it possible to walk there in a reasonable amount of time? Thanks
Hollywood to Rodeo Drive (I assume you want the one in Beverly Hills ) is similar distance as Santa Monica to Venice but most of it is not as interesting. Unless you really enjoy watching traffic from the sidewalk.



Highly suggest you drive to Beverly Hills instead. You can get there in about 20 minutes in the middle of the night. During the day, it will take anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hours depending on traffic.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 2:40 pm
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Wow almost regretting this part of the trip because of the traffic. But thanks for the info.
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Hollywood to Rodeo Drive (I assume you want the one in Beverly Hills ) is similar distance as Santa Monica to Venice but most of it is not as interesting. Unless you really enjoy watching traffic from the sidewalk.
What, you don't like watching Los Angelenos propelling themselves via motorized carriage in their native habitat? Or better yet, uttering expletives at the quality of their driving?!
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