Rebel Without A Cause was required viewing for a college class I took called Music, Marketing, and Youth Culture.
I remembered it as a setting from the James Dean movie, which was reason enough for a visit.
The clear blue skies and sunshine made for great views.
Inside the observatory, there were plenty of astronomy displays to educate those interested.
The giant telescope is free to use; however, it doesn't open until sunset.
You can walk up on the roof, too, but it didn't occur to me at the time.
Related: The McDonald Observatory in Texas
The views of downtown LA are good, but the skyline certainly doesn't compare to New York City.
As we walked around the observatory, a couple took their wedding photos.
There are a lot of hiking trails in the area, and I imagine it would make for a fun afternoon to use them and then finish up at the observatory for sunset.
Stargazing through the telescope is optional.