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The Best Place to View the Hollywood Sign

1) Canyon Lake Drive

This is the best place to see the Hollywood Sign

The exact street address of the location is 3000 Canyon Lake Drive, Hollywood. Enter the address on Google Maps to get driving directions.

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The easiest way to get there is to take US 101 and then exit at Barham Blvd. Drive a couple of blocks, and then turn right to Lake Hollywood Drive. It gets a little confusing here because there are a lot of small roads everywhere (so it'd be helpful to have a map handy) but try to stay on Lake Hollywood Drive, and follow it around the reservoir to Tahoe Drive. Turn left at Tahoe Drive, and then turn right at Canyon Lake Dr. You'll soon see a dog park on your left.
This is where you want to park your car (by the dog park) because there's "no stopping at anytime" up on the hill where the best viewing spot is located at. So, park your car here and then walk up to the hill. There's always street parking available by the park.

If you miss this spot, then you'll need to keep driving as Canyon Lake Dr becomes Mulholland Hwy and you hit Durand Dr. The roads are very narrow on Mulholland Hwy and Durand Dr and you'll have hard time finding parking there.
Once up on the hill, there's a spot where you can take very nice pictures of the Hollywood Sign. And not only that, you'll be able to see a view of the Hollywood Reservoir and Los Angeles as well (if it's just not too smoggy).


You can get a bit closer to the Hollywood Sign, if you keep walking by the Canyon Lake Dr/Mulholland Hwy up to Durand Dr. There's a nice little walkway by the road.

2) Mulholland Drive

This spot is farther away from the Hollywood Sign but the good thing is that you'll be able to see an astonishing view of Los Angeles as well. If you want to see them both but your time is limited, this is the place to go (or the Griffith Park Observatory - see below).


Take Laurel Canyon Blvd up to Mulholland Drive.

If you're coming from Hollywood, turn right to Mulholland Drive.
If you're coming from Studio City, turn left to Mulholland Drive.

Stay on Mulholland Drive and keep driving.

After you pass Runyon Canyon Park (on your right), begin to slow down a bit and pay attention. It will be the next lookout point on your right. There is a parking area for only about 6-7 cars, so parking can be tough sometimes. Park your car and walk up the stair.
This spot is one of the most popular places to take a picture of Los Angeles skyline.

3) Griffith Park Observatory

A very nice place to view Hollywood sign, especially if you want to visit Griffith Park Observatory at the same. There is also a beautiful view of Los Angeles as well. You can look up the directions here. Note that the observatory is closed on Mondays.


4) Hollywood & Highland Center

If you don't have a car to drive that close to the sign, you can also view it from Hollywood & Highland Center in the heart of Hollywood. LA Metro Red Line runs there. This is a convenient spot to get to but your pictures won't just turn that great as you can see below.

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Posted 714 days ago
Thank you for these directions to the Hollywood Sign! Very helpful - I'll visit LA next week
Lake Hollywood resident
Posted 1086 days ago
If you are coming to view the sign on Canyon Lake Drive please be aware that this is a residential area full of children and near a dog park. Children and dogs often run across the road so drive slowly and keep s look out. The residents of this area welcome you if you drive and park courteously according to the posted signs and refrain from smoking. This is an extremely high fire risk area and smoking is not allowed by law. Otherwise, welcome and enjoy the view.
Posted 1184 days ago
I plan to get married in front of Hollywood sign..... What is closest viewing address??
Posted 1194 days ago
wow thanks
Posted 1596 days ago
Thank you very much for this information. Very clear and helpful
Ofelia padilla
Posted 1641 days ago
Thank you so much for the inf. i had friends visiting California and they wanted to see the sign, it is very helpfully to find inf with much details.
Posted 1686 days ago
We just went to the 3387 Deranda Drive location and it was the best view!!!!! The roads are windy but very worth it!!
Posted 1752 days ago
3387 Deronda Drive, 90068 for the best view of the sign.
Posted 1921 days ago
what is the location of the picture taken in the L.A. Times 10/12/13?
KC from London
Posted 1972 days ago
btw option 1 is the only option! (We also tried option 4)
KC from London
Posted 1972 days ago
Thank you for your directions - best view ever! I guess not a lot people know about this, but a great tip! Cheers Mate!
Some of the residents were getting irate due the "tourists" driving slowly and taking in the wonderful views...
Posted 2022 days ago
Thank you for the directions, we went to the Hollywood and Higland first, but the sign is so vague from there and with the fog almost to impossible to take a good picture. But the canyon drive-your first option is great! We got soo close to the sign and took some beautiful pictures. Thank you!
Posted 2059 days ago
Thanks for the info. Nice to see this sign but my dream is to see it with my own eyes. Unfortunately not in this life.
Posted 2132 days ago
best information I've found on the internet!
Sleepy Jan
Posted 2137 days ago
I agree with the third comment no hike needed, just park and go down and pictures of the closest Hollywood Sign place is in this address: 3387 Deronda Drive, 90068
Thank you very much!!
Posted 2169 days ago
We went to the Observatory and the view of the sign was great and the added bonus of visiting the observatory was even better! Also the view of Los Angeles from up there is fantastic! Thank you for the directions. Since you can't really touch the Hollywood Sign anywhere anyway this is the way to go because it offers so much more to see.
Posted 2269 days ago
Directions were so helpful, thank you
Posted 2314 days ago
3636 Deronda Drive, 90068. Look to left. You are very very close to sign, much closer than Canyon Lake Drive.
Posted 2320 days ago
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Posted 2334 days ago
You are so dear for posting this hard to find info. Friends coming
and I so appreciate this time saving info.
Dave M
Posted 2338 days ago
Thanks alot. Great info. Going today.
Posted 2345 days ago
That is so true--it is uber close.
Posted 2386 days ago
Thank you very much for the detailed information. I'm going to go up there today! :)
jane doe
Posted 2405 days ago
Thank you ill go tommorrow
Posted 2475 days ago
Very helpful information. Tried google and mapquest, usless
Posted 2485 days ago
the first: "Canyon Lake Drive" for sure
Posted 2485 days ago
wich one of those is the most up close ?
Linda Taylor
Posted 2535 days ago
Thanks.... I was born in LA but have never seen the sign up close. I have friends coming into town and they wish to take pictures with the sign... Thanks much
Posted 2586 days ago
This is a great information and very helpful indeed. I live in L.A. for a long time and wish to see the sign up close but I don't know where to go. Thank you so much for this info.
Posted 2599 days ago
Terrific information!!!!!! Thank you so much...... Its nice to see enthusiasm and passion in people.
My family is coming from overseas in Christmas time and im going to take them to the sign following all your directions. You made my life easy
Posted 2661 days ago
great info on getting to the sign... in regards to blanchie... what strikes me is why someone who lives near the sign would come on a site like this for in the first place. Stands to reason you have just come on here to moan... get a grip theres far worse happening in the world :)
Posted 2677 days ago
blanchie time to move, if you want to get even closer i found these directions that provide good information how to get there. erthehollywoodsign/Welcome.html
David from L.A.
Posted 2677 days ago
Being from Los Angeles, I agree this is the best place to view the Hollywood Sign. It is a public street, public park, free country, etc... sorry Blanchie. When I lived in L.A. I had to deal with the nightmare of beach traffic every weekend during the summer (basically, couldn't leave my house). It comes with the territory. On the other hand - yes, commons courtseys: drive slowly through residential neighborhoods, watch for kids, don't leave trash, DON'T block driveways, no smoking, etc. Wow, I can't believe how angry people are at the one comment from Blanchie. What happened to a little civility? And don't bother driving through here at night. The Sign is NOT lit up. Dark, nothing to see. Go to the Griffith Park Observatory if you want to see stars!
Posted 2699 days ago
Blanchie does kinda have a point thou, he wasn't rude or anything. If there is another way of getting to the same location without going thru resident streets then it would be wiser to post those. Its not about not liking tourists its about keeping resident areas for residents and the tourist areas for the tourists.
Jeffrey Dahmer
Posted 2712 days ago
Blanchie: last I checked, this is still a free country so STFU!
Posted 2716 days ago
Blanchie.....if you don't like tourists, then move. You live by one of the most iconic signs in the world! Take your mansion and move somewhere else!
Posted 2738 days ago
Blanchie..... ppl like you! ugh!
Posted 2740 days ago
I understand your enthusiasm for the sign and wanting to give out all the various ways to see it but you must realize that you are directing people through a small neighborhood that is ill equipped to handle the amount of traffic that is coming from websites like yours. I dont know if you care about the safety of the people and the children who live up here but I do and I dont think you would find it so facinating if you were faced with the daily gridlock and traffic jams and threat of a fire as we experience.
Posted 2746 days ago
Thanks! :)
Posted 2759 days ago
Thank you !! I followed your directions to the T. It helped a lot. Thanks a ton!
Posted 3002 days ago
yes the first spot is the perfect place to see hollywood sign! thanks for these directions!
chiaoju seow
Posted 3077 days ago
thank you so much for the info! canyon lake drive is indeed the best place to view the hollywood sign. =)
Posted 3101 days ago
I was just wondering how do I get to the Hollywood Sign and this helped a lot! Thank you very much!
Posted 3138 days ago
Thanks!! :D
Posted 3315 days ago
Very helpful! Thank you!
Posted 3342 days ago
Thank you for these directions to the Hollywood Sign. We went to the first spot and that was the perfect place to view the sign!
Posted 3502 days ago
great directions. thanks so much!
Posted 3817 days ago
Thanks! We went to the Canyon Lake Drive to see Hollywood Sign and the view was absolutely awesome. Thanks for these directions!!
Related Links:
The official Hollywood Sign website:
Griffith Park Observatory