Ok, in reallity the sign is just nine white letters spelling out the name of a town but this town is Hollowood and the sign is an international symbol that can be recognised all over the world because of the movie industry. This industry was huge since the beginning of 20th century and the sign originally was Hollywoodland. It was erected in 1923 just as an advertsment of the new house develpment of the hill around Hollywood area. It almost collapsed the next years until 1949 when the four last letters removed and the others got repaired. The letters are 15 meters tall and 140 long first to last one.
You cant really get close to it, I think it’s forbiden anyway to go hiking there and there 24 hour security camera. But you dont have to touch the sign, you can just take nice photos from many different spots. At Hollywood & Highland Center you can find a good one (we were there after sunset though) but also from the street level or up from Griffith Park (pics 1-2, the colors aint good due to bad light conditions).
Seeing the Sign is a must in LA or you haven't been to LA? You be the judge!
The Hollywood Sign sits on the hillside of Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills. This show biz icon is 450 feet long & 45 feet high. The Sign originally said "Hollywoodland" before it
was shortened in 1945. And, it's officially named as a historical monument in 1973.
This shot was taken from a gap between buildings along Hollywood Boulevard.
Another spot for the sign is @ Hollywood & Highland center. Go to the main courtyard or any levels above it.
The famous Hollywood Sign originally read "Hollywoodland". It was erected in 1923 to advertise a new housing development in the hills above Hollywood. For several years, the sign was left to deteriorate. In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce stepped in and offered to remove the last four letters and repair the rest.
It's located near the top of Mount Lee. From the narrow and curvy streets in the hills you can get a glimpse at it, though we had a hard time to fin the best location to cath a shot of it I managed to get it!
One of the things on my "must do" list when visiting LA was to see the Hollywood sign. I had visions of standing in direct view of it and having my pic taken, but it wasn't like that at all. It seems that the Hollywood sign is not easy to take close up pics of - in other words, it's hard enough to get close to it.
We climbed up several flights of stairs of a shopping centre near the Kodak building on the Walk of Fame and took our pics from there. The sign was so far away that it didn't come out in some of the pics.
Still, I saw it!
next time I visit LA I'm going to get a taxi driver to drive me as close as he can to the sign - hopefully it will be closer than I was this time.
This sign was erected in 1923 to advertise Hollywoodland real estate development. The last 4 letters fell down in an earthquake and the rest remained to become the famous landmark that it is today.
Although the sign is off limits now, you can still hike right by these cockeyed letters and get some good views along the way. You will be able to see the dome of the Griffith Park Observatory as well as downtown LA in the distance.
The Hollywood Sign you can see on the southern side of Mount Lee. It was originally an advertisement and read "Hollywoodland," but later the "land" has been removed. It measures about 140 metres long and 14 metres tall. A direct access is not allowed some years ago, warning signs are at every streets leading to it. However, you can see it from all over the town. I think it is not a real sight-seeing, only a photo evidence (if you need!?) about your trip and nothing else, but most of the people love it.
When thinking of Hollywood you always think, movies stars, the walk of fame and the rich and a famous. However there is a famous landmark that cannot be missed... The Hollywood sign as seen on so many movies.
Best place to view is if you go up the hill close to the foot of the hill where its very visible. But its also visibile if you are at downtown Hollywood... there is a viewing balcony at the Kodak theatre where you can also see it and its good when wanting to have your picture taken.
The infamous Hollywood sign, nestled up in the hills, is visible from spots all over Hollywood. If you're just driving through, and look to the north, you're bound to see it. But if you want a really good look at the Sign, here are two of the best vantage points:
1) The Lake Hollywood Reservoir: Park your car on Lake Hollywood Drive and put on you running sneakers. The path around the man-made lake is 3.2 miles, and it's a favorite running path for Hollywood locals. And located directly below the Hollywood Sign, the lake offers some of the closest views you can find of the Sign.
2) Mulholland Drive Hollywood Bowl Overlook: On Mulhulland Drive (about a mile from the 101's Barham Blvd. exit) sits the Mulholland Drive Hollywood Bowl Overlook. On a clear day, you can see the ocean from here. But almost everyday, you can at least see the Sign. This spot is ideal if you want to photo of the Sign with yourself in the foreground.
My friend, a_debaser (do visit her page), has inspired me to post about my little secret about getting close to the Hollywood sign. Well, it's not *that* secret, but you get *extremely* close. Do this by taking Lake Hollywood in Tolouca Lake. You might have heard of this street because it's where Madonna used to live.
The best way to get to Lake Hollywood is to take Cahuenga north and drive it alongside the 101. Turn right at Barham. Turn right at Lake Hollywood. Keep following it past all the houses and you'll get to a fork in the road in an open area. You only have one choice (go straight) because going left you'll run into a sign that says "no access to Hollywood Sign."
Keep going alongside the LA Reservoir until you get to the dog park. If you get lost, in fact, just ask the locals for the dog park, and they'll guide you. Follow the curvy road and *boom* - suddenly you have closest view of Hollywood sign possible without getting arrested.
Beware: you can't stop along this stretch of road, so either take your pictures very quickly or turn around and park, then walk around the dog park for your photo ops.
The Sign is not lit up and you cannot take photos of it at night. During the day, the best place to see it is Griffith Park Observatory or Beachwood Drive. AVOID Barham Blvd/Lake Hollywood Dr. as it routes you around the back of a reservoir with a rusted ugly barbed wire fence the whole way--that sucked because we could not see the sign at all for most of the drive. Sadly, many tourists just follow their GPS and get routed around by this ugly fence, totally missing out (drive down the 101 to highland, take Franklin to Beachwood Canyon and you will see the sign the whole way up).
You'll be able to see the famous Hollywood sign from all over Hollywood, LA, and the surrounding area. It is just West of Griffith Park.
Go to the observatory when it's open, or just head to Griffith park's hills to get the best view of the sign. I know a couple people that hiked up the hill to it, but they said it was very dangerous. There are some fire roads you can walk on to get close, although I haven't personally done that...yet.
Wanna take a pic like the one I did here?
Here's how! Get a GPS or use Google Maps to find Canyon Drive. What you do is go to the end of Canyon Drive in Hollywood (off of fountain). Follow Canyon drive all the way to where it ends. There will be a few parking lots there. Once parked, just follow the main wide trail. It rises from canyon floor hugging the canyon walls. It twists and turns for a long time. There's a point where the trail ends after an hour or so onto a paved road. Make a left on that paved road. Walk all the way up that road which is also very twisty. Eventually you'll get to the sign. It's a somewhat long hike but if you see a lot of horse dung, you're on the right path. There's a fence around the sign as you can see from my pic. There are cameras and sensors everywhere. You can hear them beep and whiz. There are plenty of instructions on the internet about how to jump the sign or how you can try to slide under it in certain sections. I don't know why they even say that because 200 feet to the west of the sign, the fence just ends and you can just simply walk around it! Right before we got there, someone got arrested for going too close to the sign. We saw a helicopter come and there was a cop at the bottom of the hill waiting for them! They seem to take trespassing too close to the sign very seriously. We were going to do it but once we saw that, we decided not to.
We drove up to the Griffith Park Observatory to view the Hollywood sign from the clifftop. We got great views and photos, and even trekked the cliff a bit until coming upon a sign warning of rattlesnakes.
The Hollywood Sign: It’s more than just nine white letters spelling out a city’s name; it’s one of the world’s most evocative symbols – a universal metaphor for ambition, success, glamour …for this dazzling place, industry and dream we call H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D.
Ok so someone posted maybe already ... but I found a great place to view the sign.
It's Griffiths PArk up near the observatory.
We drove up and it was a hazy day but a little play in Photoshop and it came out ok.