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Horseback Riding to the Hollywood Sign

One of the most iconic pieces of infrastructure in the United States, the Hollywood Sign has helped define greater Los Angeles’s landscape for the better part of a century. And as an honored guest of ours here at the Hotel Amarano in downtown Burbank, you’re just a few miles from sprawling Griffith Park where the world-famous beacon resides up in the Hollywood Hills.

One of the most all-out unforgettable ways to view this enduring symbol of Tinseltown? By horseback!

Sunset Ranch offers popular guided equestrian excursions to see the Hollywood Sign and its scenic surrounds. The Karmel Shuttle Service provides convenient transportation packages for getting to Sunset Ranch and enjoying the on-the-hoof sightseeing.

“Hollywoodland” Beginnings

First constructed in 1923, the Hollywood Sign was first intended as nothing more than a real-estate advertisement: It originally spelled “HOLLYWOODLAND,” the name of a development being promoted. Over many decades of vigil in the Hollywood Hills—suffering its periods of wear-and-tear and neglect, to be sure—the sign (soon minus the “LAND” part) became iconic. Its towering white letters stand 45 feet tall and spread out along 350 undulating feet on the rugged slopes of Mount Lee. Needless to say, we wouldn’t begin to try and number the movies and television shows this hillside marquee—now under the stewardship of the Trust for Public Land—has featured in.

The View From the Saddle

A saddle ride is just about the perfect means of appreciating the Hollywood Sign: Out in the sunshine of Southern California, thumping along against a backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains, you could almost imagine yourself in one of the innumerable Westerns shot and produced in the general vicinity. And besides the gleaming sign itself, you’ll get to enjoy a vista that encompasses the Griffith Park Observatory and the skyline of downtown L.A.

Ride Out to See the Hollywood Sign on Your Next Hotel Amarano Getaway!

Stepping into the stirrup and marveling at the Hollywood Sign and all the rest of 5,000-acre Griffith Park’s beauty certainly makes for one of the most unique ways to spend a day out and about in Los Angeles County. And for your peerless headquarters, choose Hotel Amarano—within whinnying distance, so to speak, of those legendary Hollywood Hills…

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