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Old 10-09-2008, 11:59 AM
 
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My buddy (who is here in LA as a tourist) asked me if there was an observation deck on one of the towers downtown like the one in the Empire State Building.

I'd never heard of one. Any ideas?
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:17 PM
 
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Go to the Griffith Park Observatory for a good view of LA (and it's free).

I'm not sure about the skyscraper options, but for a good example of how different LA is from NYC, the Griffith Park Observatory gives a great view of LA, with the hills, the hollywood sign, the everlasting greenness of things and the mountains (as well as downtown LA).
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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My buddy (who is here in LA as a tourist) asked me if there was an observation deck on one of the towers downtown like the one in the Empire State Building.

I'd never heard of one. Any ideas?
Ideally you would want to observe from the tallest buildings such as US Bank Tower, Aon Center, etc. but I don't think those buildings have observation decks; I've checked in the past to no avail. The best alternatives that I am aware of are the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (there's a restaurant/bar at the top), LA City Hall, and The Standard. You should be able to go to the top of the Westin during regular business hours. City Hall is only open during weekdays, I think. I don't know details about The Standard but I've looked up and have seen people up there on weekend nights. People have told me it is cool. Whether it is open during the day I do not know.

Griffith Observatory is cool, too. But downtown LA is far off in the distance so if downtown observing is what he wants, the observatory may not work.
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Burbank
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Ideally you would want to observe from the tallest buildings such as US Bank Tower, Aon Center, etc. but I don't think those buildings have observation decks; I've checked in the past to no avail. The best alternatives that I am aware of are the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (there's a restaurant/bar at the top), LA City Hall, and The Standard. You should be able to go to the top of the Westin during regular business hours. City Hall is only open during weekdays, I think. I don't know details about The Standard but I've looked up and have seen people up there on weekend nights. People have told me it is cool. Whether it is open during the day I do not know.

Griffith Observatory is cool, too. But downtown LA is far off in the distance so if downtown observing is what he wants, the observatory may not work.
The bar on top of the Standard is cool.

Rooftop Bar - The Standard Hotel
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Old 10-09-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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The bar on top of the Standard is cool.

Rooftop Bar - The Standard Hotel
or at elevate. but its a bar and fu fu restaurant.

not any real observation decks for the plebs
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Old 10-09-2008, 04:16 PM
 
Location: LA
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i have to agree with the people that mentioned griffith park. LA isn't like NYC where the best views are from the tops of highrises. The best views of LA are definitely from the hills. Griffith Park is a great spot on the eastern side of town and the getty museum has amazing views from the western side of town. both are free to enter, but the getty does charge to park, its not very much though.
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Old 10-09-2008, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Burbank
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i have to agree with the people that mentioned griffith park. LA isn't like NYC where the best views are from the tops of highrises. The best views of LA are definitely from the hills. Griffith Park is a great spot on the eastern side of town and the getty museum has amazing views from the western side of town. both are free to enter, but the getty does charge to park, its not very much though.
8 bucks! Went last week
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:21 PM
 
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Remember when we had hot air balloons in Los Angeles? I rode one when Uncle John's Pancake House opened in Santa Monica.
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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Default I wish people would accept that LA is not NYC

You will NOT find the things in NYC in LA. This is exactly what is wrong with LA now. People from other areas are trying to turn LA into what they left. The on;y NYC things you will find in LA are corporate chains. Otherwise, LA is LA not NYC: Deal with it or go back to NYC.
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:30 PM
 
Location: LA
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no need to be so harsh, they were just asking. geez
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