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The Greystone Mansion sits near Sunset Strip in Beverly Hills California. The Mansion was constructed in 1928 by Edward Doheny as a gift to his son. Doheny was an oil entrepreneur infamous for his involvement in the Teapot Dome scandal. The Mansion cost 3 million dollars when it was built, making it the most expensive home in California at the time. The Mansion has now been surpassed in price by a number of more recently constructed homes (and the Teapot Dome scandal has been surpassed by additional scandalous scandals).
The Mansion was purchased by the city in 1965 and became a park half a decade later. Individuals are currently encouraged to stroll the grounds and peer into the windows. You can start your visit by parking at the top of the estate, were you can find nice views of Beverly Hills and surrounding areas. The Mansion is surrounded…
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The Griffith Observatory is one of the most recognizable landmarks along the Los Angeles skyline. In fact, the Observatory is so recognizable that the locals are equally excited to see the Observatory as they are to see the Hollywood Sign!* Many individuals are delighted to discover that the Hollywood Sign can be pretty clearly identified from the Griffith Observatory. They are further delighted to discover that if you stand in the right spot you can spin around really fast so that you can see the Hollywood Sign at one moment, then the Griffith Observatory in the next moment, followed by the Hollywood Sign, and so on, until you engulfed in extreme tourist bliss. (And slight nausea, but tourist attractions can sometimes have that effect on people).
The Observatory has a long history in Los Angeles, harkening back to simpler times in America’s past. We are reminded of the old days…
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