What may be one of the biggest LA mysteries is how to get as close as possible to the iconic Hollywood Sign. 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.
Here's Time Out LA's insider tip on how to get to an ideal vantage point of the massive sign perched above the Hollywood Hills: Start at Franklin Ave and N Beachwood Dr. Take N Beachwood Dr up the mountain toward Hollywoodland's quaint Beachwood village. Make a left on Ledgewood Dr and continue until Deronda Dr. The streets get pretty narrow so make sure you drive extra slow and are not taking massive truckloads of people with you. Cars (mainly the ones who don't know exactly where they are going) are known to create traffic jams up the winding streets in this residential neighborhood where tourists, for the most part, are unwanted. At the end of Deronda Dr you will reach a dead-end surrounded by a few homes. Park your car where it's safe and walk through the small opening on the right to get to a perfect vantage point of the iconic sign. Looking to get even closer? Lace up for a trek along the dirt road on Mt Lee Dr to where you will be standing directly above the Hollywood Sign and can experience a total 360-degree view of the cityscape.
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The Hollywood Sign is to LA what The Statue of Liberty is to New York. An invitation to people around the world to come here and give it a go at making their dreams a reality. This American icon stands tall above the city, but has a habit of peaking at you between buildings or surprising you by peering over your shoulder at unexpected times. I do wish that they would light the sign up at night so it can shine over the city that it created in all its glory!
You've seen it in movies and dream of living in the land it represents but really it's just a sign. The one cool thing about the Hollywood Sign is that you can hike up to it or go on horseback, which makes for a fun afternoon!