The Famous Hollywood Sign Los Angeles – Things to do


Hollywood Sign

Can you believe of a more iconic figure of Los Angeles than the Hollywood Sign? Since 1923, the Hollywood sign has reigned over the city.

The massive Hollywood sign, located on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains, has become the city’s identity. Its letters, capital letters and white, are more than 13 meters tall and more than 100 meters long in total.The letters are 45 meters tall and more than 350 meters wide. The sign originally read Hollywoodland and advertised the sale of homes in the area in 1923. The giant letters are not accessible and are surrounded by a fence.

A strange backstory

In 1923, the Hollywood sign was created as part of an advertising campaign to promote a new development in the hills near Hollywood. Originally intended to be installed for only a year and a half, the longer sign (Hollywoodland) became an important icon that became part of the city’s skyline during Hollywood’s golden age.After deterioration due to time, accidents, and various acts of vandalism, the sign was repaired and rebuilt without the suffix “land,” becoming the current “Hollywood,” though it would be restored again years later with the help of private donations.

Where can I see the sign?

The famous Hollywood sign can be seen from a variety of locations throughout Los Angeles. Starting from the farthest point to the closest, here are four highly recommended options.

Hollywood Boulevard (from the shopping area to the right of the Dolby Theater), Mulholland Lookout (great views of the city and the sign), Griffith Observatory (even better views than the previous point), and, finally, Lake Hollywood Park (the last point to which it is possible to reach by car).

And how do you get closer?

To get to Griffith Park, take a cab or drive to Beachwood Dr, where the park’s pedestrian entrance is located. You can walk from there to the Hollywood sign overlook and also to the back of the Hollywood sign. Everything is clearly marked, so you won’t get lost.


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