Tour #16: Travel Town Museum and the Griffith Observatory

Sunday, August 22, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tour Price: $55 

This is the final tour offered for the 67th National TCA convention. Both the Travel Town Museum and the Griffith Observatory are located within Griffith Park. The park is about 10 miles from the Marriott Burbank.

Travel Town Museum is a railway museum dedicated on December 14, 1952, and located in the northwest corner the park. The history of railroad transportation in the western United States from 1880 to the 1930s is the primary focus of the museum's collection, with an emphasis on railroading in Southern California and the Los Angeles area. It has a large collection of full-scale railroad engines, cars and other rolling stock including a 104-ton locomotive to a one-horse sleigh. In addition to the trains the museum has numerous displays, exhibits, a gift shop, and train rides. There is of things to keep train fans busy during your visit.

Travel Town Museum

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The Griffith Observatory sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in LA's Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with a close view of the Hollywood Sign and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Admission has been free since the observatory's opening in 1935, in accordance with the will of Griffith J. Griffith, the benefactor after whom the observatory is named. Since its opening it has become the most-visited public observatory in the world.

The inspiration for the Observatory and for Griffith Park came from Griffith J. Griffith who was the benefactor for both. The idea of a “public observatory” was a very new one at the turn of the 20th century, but Griffith developed very precise specifications regarding what should be included in the building. From 1935-2002, the Observatory provided southern Californians and visitors from around the world with chances to observe, to learn, and to be inspired. Griffith’s vision for the building was updated and enhanced when the Observatory was renovated and expanded from 2002-2006. Since reopening after renovation, the Observatory has reached increasingly larger audiences, both in-person, online, and through media and film. In 2020, the Observatory celebrated its 85th anniversary.

Griffith Observatory

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One-way Driving time (both tours): 30 minutes.

Tour includes: Round-trip motorcoach transportation, box lunch and admission fees.

Special Wear: None

ADA Compliant: 

NO  

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