STARGAZING: Los Angeles
Everybody knows that if you want the best perspective for the cosmos, you have to go to the Griffith Observatory, upon Mount Hollywood, to achieve that type of vantage point. But besides their Samuel Oschin Planetarium, there’s more than meets the eye for the Hommies of Los Angeles to be amazed of.
A brisk hike off Jefferson Boulevard, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a favourite to Culver City for good reason. The trails are easy to navigate around, the La Brea stairs, by contrast, are a good workout and the visibility of the Milky Way is magnificent.
6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232
At one period of time, San Onofre State Beach was home to the nudest of beaches. But nowadays, you and your pals can experience similar see-throughs with the full-mooned stillness of space above you. But in the meantime, enjoy the state beach as one of the top five most visited in California rewards you with opportunities of fishing, kayaking and under-the-starstruck-sea fun.
Old Hwy 101, San Clemente, CA 92672
In Wrightwood, there’s a wonderful Mountain High Ski Resort with snowy slopes, fresh pine trees and hot cocoa for kilometers… But you don’t need to ski to see that from the tippy top of Mount High, the Universe has sprawled a blanket of bright night skies to get you through the cold clutches and admire the beauty of the Winterfresh west.
24510 State Highway 2, Wrightwood, CA 92397
Row, row, row yourself, down to Castaic Lake! North of Santa Clarita, this pristine water reservoir gives the local yokels both fresh water and a refreshing view of the SoCal sunset. Be sure to get a blanket to spread your constellation long limbs as comfortably as the horizon itself. Or rent a boat and paddle yourself smack-dab in the front-row of the show.
32132 Castaic Lake Dr, Castaic, CA 91384
Mount Wilson has, at least, a triad of amazing eyesights upon which you can witness the wonder of the world’s by. For one, the observatory itself is a mesmerizing testament to astronomy that conducts the study of the sunny aspects of the Solar System. Not to mention the 18-meter solar tower is a superstar in itself. Certainly worth a visit.
Sturtevant Trail, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
A little-known secret only die-hard Angelenos know is if you travel east of the Edwards Air Force Base, you get a prime-time slot of viewing the galaxy all to yourself. Just place yourself somewhere on the stretches of the Barstow-Bakersfield Highway 58 and admire the designated desert viewing area’s main attraction.
3788 California 58, Boron, CA 93516
Fifty-five miles of a nighttime scenery is at your disposal when arriving at Mulholland Drive. Whether at the Hollywood Bowl or the Stone Canyon lookout, you’re always going to get one of the most rewarding reminders of what makes Tinseltown shine. But the Narrows Overlook is one of the best footholds you can get to see this spatial spectacle.
13201 Mulholland Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
A personal favourite of mine, the Topanga Overlook gives you both the grace of God’s star map and the vast viewpoint of the Valley to admire with friends from the edge of the sidewinding canyon. Sparkling lights more potent than ginger ale, you’ll be sure to appreciate what the Heavens and the suburban towns below have to offer.
3400 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290
Las Virgenes of the Malibu Canyon is not only a reliable passage to and fro the valley and the PCH but also a breathtakingly quiet star-gazing access point for beach bums and Pepperdine students alike. But now that you know of this picturesque road, you too can experience the fascination of this by pulling over on Mulholland’s overlook and smile brighter from that canyon than all the Suns in the sky.
2646 County Highway N1, Calabasas, CA 91302