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By Deb Flomberg

It’s impossible to snap a more iconic photo from your trip through California than that of the famous Hollywood Sign. It sits high on the side of Mt. Lee, welcoming all who enter into the area and serving as a beacon of all things glamour and fame. However, it is actually illegal to try to hike to the sign. The famous landmark is closed off to guests (for your own safety), but there are plenty of other ways to view the sign, allowing you get the perfect picture.

Originally erected in 1923, the sign read “Hollywoodland” and was built for an astonishing $21,000 for an upscale real estate development. It lost the “land” portion in 1949 when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began work to repair and rebuild the sign.

rsz hollywood Capture California History In A Photograph At The Hollywood Sign

(Photo, Sten Rüdrich)

So, as you are cruising around Hollywood looking for the best view of the sign, consider the following to locations. Perhaps the best spot in California to get a great photograph is from Griffith Park Observatory. From Los Angeles, take the 101 North to the Hollywood Blvd exit. From there, it’s a left onto North Western Avenue, then left onto Fern Dell Drive. Then you’ll turn right onto Observatory Avenue and you’ll see the historic Observatory on your left. There is plenty of free parking nearby, and there are many different paths and hikes you can take to get the best view to photograph the sign.

For a very different view, try heading out to the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Parking can be a bit tough, but there is a large public parking just under the Center on Highland, north of Hollywood Boulevard. Once you find a good spot to park, just head out and get that camera ready, as this is another great view of the famous sign.

The best part of this trip around the Hollywood area to photograph the sign? Getting to make the trip in your G63 AMG SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You and the whole family will ride in total comfort as you tool around the city in style, finding all the best spots to get the perfect photo.

Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.

This is a “sponsored post,” meaning the company who sponsored the article compensated me for writing the article. The opinions I have expressed, however, are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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