The Hollywood Sign, which originally read HOLLYWOODLAND, has been overlooking Hollywood on Mount Lee since 1923. The sign is a worldwide symbol of the entertainment industry and a universal metaphor for ambition, success and glamour. You can catch a good view of the sign on Beachwood Drive or from the Griffith Observatory. You can also hike up the dirt road on Mt. Lee Drive to stand directly above the sign or go horseback riding to it from Sunset Ranch.
- The sign is 45 feet tall and 350 long.
- It was rebuilt in 1978 by Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine.
- The sign originally read HOLLYWOODLAND.
- It was supposed to be up for only a year and a half.