Mt. Wilson Accessible Again After Fires

Mt. Wilson not only has the museum closest to the heavens, it gives you a closer look. Built in 1936, the Astronomical Museum contains a lot of old photographs of how the galaxy looked in the ‘30s and ‘40s, plus equipment used to haul pieces of the observatory’s famous telescopes up the mountain. This is a swell place to walk around and gawk at the facility’s buildings, not to mention the staggering view of the Los Angeles basin. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under the trees. Located off Angeles Crest Highway on Red Box Road, 626-440-9016, Open daily from April through November, weather permitting. Free.