This telescope is open to the public in the evenings. During daylight hours, it's easier to see stars at one of the planetarium shows.
The Observatory is known for being one of the best places to view the city. Unfortunately, much of the city was hidden by haze the day we visited.
And we unexpectedly ended up in a crowd of people on the roof observing a marriage proposal! She said yes, by the way.
The Griffith Observatory is open to the public Wednesday--Sunday, and admission is free except for planetarium shows. It's far from a city secret, but it's easy to forget what a fine--and cheap!--place it is for a weekend outing.