The Hollywood sign is an iconic symbol of the entertainment industry that has come to define LA. Erected in 1923 with 50-foot-tall letters, and originally reading "Hollywoodland" to advertise new housing developments, the sign has become one of the most recognizable landmarks in California, frequently appearing in film and television. After years of deterioration, the sign was revamped in the 1970s, thanks in part to the efforts of several celebrities, especially Alice Cooper. The letters protrude from the Hollywood Hills overlooking Los Angeles and represent the dazzling glamour and fame of the city.
Clearly visible from many spots around town, two of the best viewing locations are the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue or driving up Beachwood Canyon Drive. Getting close to the sign is nearly impossible as it is protected by fences and alarm systems to prevent vandalism; however, Sunset Ranch, a ranch located in the hills just below the sign, offers day and evening horseback riding sessions that hug the outskirts of the sign's perimeters. If that doesn't sound appealing, you can hike many trails in Griffith Park to get a closer view. Either way, the view from the top allows for an extraordinary panoramic view of the suburban empire of LA
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