The Hollywood Sign
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How to get as close as possible to the iconic Hollywood Sign is a constantly changing L.A. mystery of sorts thanks to the area’s iron-willed property owners. Originally created in 1923, the then “Hollywoodland” sign was supposed to be up for only a year and a half, yet here it is over 90 years later.
If you just want to see it, pull over anywhere on Beachwood Drive, where the parking is ample (but mostly restricted to permit-holders on weekends). If you want a good view, drive or bike to Lake Hollywood Park, a secluded green space just under the sign. If you want a close encounter, ride on horseback to get as near to the front of those famed nine letters as you legally can, thanks to tours from Sunset Ranch. Or simply hike through Beachwood’s residential hills. We recommend the Beachwood–Ledgewood–Mulholland route. But beware of the lack of sidewalks, and, pretty please, be respectful of the locals.