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The Hollywood Sign

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Main Attraction

The Hollywood Sign (formerly the Hollywoodland Sign) is an American landmark and cultural icon overlooking Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It is situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. Spelled out in 45 ft (13.7 m)-tall white capital letters and is 350 feet (106.7 m) long,[1] it was originally created in 1923 as a temporary advertisement for a local real estate development, but due to increasing recognition, the sign was left up. Among the most well-known landmarks in both California and the United States, the sign makes frequent appearances in popular culture, particularly in establishing shots for films and television programs set in or around Hollywood. Signs of similar style, but spelling different words, are frequently seen as parodies. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce holds trademark rights to the Hollywood Sign.


Whenever you’re in LA, be sure to look up – you might be able to see the iconic Hollywood Sign. Whether you’re viewing the sign from afar or take the hike up to see the letters up close in person, the Hollywood Sign is a must-see when visiting LA. Whenever you’re in LA, be sure to look up – you might be able to see the iconic Hollywood Sign. Whether you’re viewing the sign from afar or take the hike up to see the letters up close in person, the Hollywood Sign is a must-see when visiting LA.


The sign sits atop Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills. The white letters measure 45-ft tall and 350-ft long for all the letters combined. Throughout the years, the letters have gone through lots of restoration efforts to maintain the current appearance. Hiking up to the Hollywood sign is a frequent activity for visitors. Various hiking trails lead up to the top of the mountain – the most frequented route runs through Griffith Park, where you’ll have a great view overlooking LA.


These are two good hiking tours of the Hollywood Sign;

1. Griffith Park Experience & Hollywood Hills Hike
2. Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory


Because of its widespread recognizability and its visibility from many points across the Los Angeles Basin, the sign has been a frequent target of pranks and vandalism across the decades. It has since undergone restoration, including the installation of a security system to deter mischief. The sign is protected and promoted by nonprofit The Hollywood Sign Trust,[4] while its site and the surrounding land are part of Griffith Park. Visitors can hike to the sign from the Bronson Canyon entrance to Griffith Park or from Griffith Observatory.[5][6] There is also a trailhead near the Lake Hollywood Reservoir outside of Griffith Park, and although not an access point in itself, there is a popular scenic vista point around Lake Hollywood Park near the trailhead.

About California

California, officially the State of California, is a state in the western part of the United States. It is the third largest US state by total area (after Alaska and Texas) with 163,696 sq mi (423,970 km2) and the largest by population with over 39 million people as of 2019. Its largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco. The capital is Sacramento. It is bordered by Arizona to the southeast, Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south.


California is the US state with the largest economy. California’s Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s most valuable technology companies, including Apple, Alphabet Inc., and Facebook. What is now California was first settled by Native Californian tribes. Before that, it was explored by Europeans in the 16th and 17th century. It became the 31st state of the United States in 1850.


The geography of California varies depending on region. Southwestern California has small mountain ranges and the cities of San Diego and Los Angeles. Southeastern California has the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, the lowest place in the United States. The eastern part of the state has the highest point in the United States outside of Alaska, Mount Whitney, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

The cities of Sacramento, Bakersfield, and Fresno are in the Central Valley. The valley has the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Pacific Coast Ranges to the west. It is California’s single most productive agricultural region and one of the most productive in the world. It produces more than half the fruit, vegetables, and nuts grown in the United States.[11] More than seven million acres (28,000 km2) of the valley are irrigated by an extensive system of reservoirs and canals.


The west-central part of the state has some small mountains and the cities of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. Northern California has the Cascade Range, the Klamath Mountains, and the Modoc Plateau.[13] Far northern California does not have many people, but the San Francisco region and the Sacramento region are often thought of as part of northern California.


The California grizzly bear was a common animal in the Santa Cruz Mountains until the 1880s when the last bear was killed. Bobcats and mountain lions are among the largest animals now in California. Coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks, weasels, rabbits and deer are also land mammals that live in California. Five different types of rattlesnake can be found in California including the sidewinder and Mojave rattlesnake. California is home to the endangered California condor.

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