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3 great ways to see the world-famous Hollywood Sign

Eugene Adams

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Did you know that the Hollywood Sign didn’t always say Hollywood? 

The sign originally said Hollywoodland. It was erected in 1923 by Los Angeles Times Publisher Harry Chandler. It was a $21,000 billboard for his upscale Hollywoodland real estate development. 

The Sign was originally intended to last for a year and a half. Nearly 100 years later, the Sign is still standing, and it’s grown into so much more than just a real estate billboard. 

Who Is Responsible For The Sign?

Three separate entities share responsibility for the sign today

The first is the City of Los Angeles. The city owns the land on which the Sign stands on. 

The second is the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. It owns the licensing rights for the Sign’s image. 

The third is the Hollywood Sign Trust. 

About the Hollywood Sign Trust

The Hollywood Sign Trust is a nonprofit trust. It’s responsible for physically maintaining, repairing, and securing the Hollywood Sign. 

The trust is also in charge of educating the world about the sign’s historical and cultural importance. 

Over the years, the trust has done a great job. The Sign has fallen into disrepair several times. Each time, the trust has built the sign back better than ever. 

If you would like to make a tax-free donation to support the trust's mission, that can be done here

How To See The Sign

For tourists, visiting the Hollywood sign is a must. For long-time residents, it never hurts to visit the sign again. 

Here are three easy ways to visit the world-famous Hollywood Sign. 

Livestream

Did you know that you can visit the Hollywood Sign from literally anywhere in the world? 

That’s right, all you need is access to the internet. Since 2020, there has been a 24/7 webcam live streaming the Hollywood Sign

Enjoy The View

Sometimes an image on a computer screen is not enough. It’s better to see the sign in person. Here are three places that give you a great view of the sign. 

Hollywood and Highland

The corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue offers a great view of the Sign. After taking in the view, you can check out several other Hollywood landmarks. 

Check out the famous Walk of Fame and see the handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theather. The Dolby Theater’s behind-the-scenes Academy Awards tour is another must-do while you’re in Los Angeles. 

The Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory has one of the best views of the Hollywood Sign. It also offers free parking, which is a huge plus. 

After taking a picture of the Sign, be sure to enjoy some of the many exhibits The Griffith Observatory has to offer. 

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive has a specific viewpoint called the Hollywood Bowl Overlook. It offers a great view of the Hollywood sign. 

After you are done, keep driving. There is plenty to see on or near Mulholland Drive

Hike 

If you like hiking and want to get a close look at the sign, there are plenty of options for you. 

There are several different hikes to choose from. There are easy, moderate, and difficult hikes that each end with a great view of the sign. 

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