Sunday, April 20, 2014

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California

We decided to flee the RV for the weekend and go into Los Angeles and Glendale. We wanted to see the Griffith Observatory that sits atop a mountain overlooking the Greater Los Angeles area.  Once we arrived, we got to see the smog that sits over this area.  It was a nice, warm day, but what looks like fog, doesn't burn off.  There were hundreds of other visitors there and hundreds more at the Griffith Park below.  Thank goodness we have Debbie's blue handicap tag, as it cut our walk down from at least a half mile or more uphill, to a few hundred feet from the handicap parking area. The views were great, the exhibits were many, the planetarium had a fabulous 40 minute show, and the food court was good.  We had a great couple of hours.  Then we checked into our hotel, the Hilton Executive Center in nearby Glendale, only a few miles away.  We went to the pool and hot tub, then to the roof-top bar for a drink, and then downstairs to have a delicious seafood dinner. (fresh shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, and scallops)  We relaxed in our Parlor Suite on the 17th floor.  We got a free upgrade as Hilton Honors members.  The room had 2 TVs, 2 chairs, a couch, desk, a King bed, a large bathroom with a tub and a large separate walk-in shower.  We had a great view of the Glendale hills, especially after dark.  It was great to get out of the  RV and get spoiled for a day or two.
Griffith Observatory
The Hollywood sign from the Griffith Observatory a few miles away
One of the two telescope domes
One of the telescopes
One of the views of smog covered L.A.
Debbie enjoyed the views
Debbie enjoyed the hot tub.
The Glendale Hilton Executive Center
Our view from the 17th floor Parlor Suite
Debbie enjoyed relaxing after the pool

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