So you’ve come to Los Angeles, and you’re finally thinking about scratching that Hollywood Sign itch. After seeing all of the epic pictures and selfies in 360 degrees, you’re looking for the best way to the top of the Hollywood Sign. But how? Hike it? Bike it? Horse it? Wait – is there an elevator?
No, there’s no elevator. Yes, horses are allowed, but they’re smelly. Hiking will get you there – s…l…o…w…l…y. Bike it? That seems pretty tough, and you probably forgot to pack your hot pants…But what if there was a different way, powered by finely tuned engineering and Benjamin Franklin’s greatest discovery: electricity. Electric bikes, you say? Well, allow me to explain…
For nearly a century, the legendary Hollywood Sign has looked down on Los Angeles from over 1,700 feet. Originally erected in 1923 to advertise a posh new real estate development called “Hollywoodland,” the sign has come to represent the entire entertainment industry. Yes, Hollywood now has a monument to celebrate itself. Really, what could be more Hollywood than that?
Maybe you’ve seen it in movies, from the plane on your way into town, or behind Meryl Streep and Ellen Degeneres. Either way, you’ve never seen it like this. Then again, if you’re reading this, you’re obviously a well-researched, Internet-saavy, and likely very attractive individual. So maybe you already knew that the sign used to read “HOLLYWOODLAND” (and why it doesn’t anymore).
Maybe you already knew that the sign’s caretaker once drove his 1928 station wagon over the side of the cliff, destroying the “H” and the station wagon (but not the caretaker himself. He survived). Maybe no one needs to lecture you about the fact that Griffith Park, within which the sign stands, was once home to an Ostrich farm. Or that ostrich farms were considered to be “Southern California’s first amusement parks.” Take that, Walt Disney.
Maybe you knew all that. But did you know that the late Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine, took it upon himself to save the sign?
Did you know about the OG prankster Danny Finegood, the very first person to spell out “HOLLYWeeD” (now copied on IG several times over) to celebrate California’s decriminalization of marijuana in the 70’s?
Did you know the sign has only lit up a few times since 1939, including the 1984 Olympics and on New Year’s Eve of Y2K? No? Well guess what – there’s tons more where that came from. That’s right, we scoured the internet for you. Not exactly like going to the library, but close enough.
What’s that? You’ve never heard of electric bikes? Wow, what’s it like being Amish? Here’s a quick explainer the bikes we use on our tours, which use pedal-assist technology: yes, you have to pedal, no you can’t ride them like a motorcycle, and yes they are top of the line electric Class 1 mountain bikes from Bulls, Specialized, and Haibike.
What’s riding it like? Well, kind of like being Lance Armstrong in 1997 (…too soon?). Seriously, though, it’s like being Popeye and downing a can of Spinach in one gulp, and then chasing it with a few espressos. We just had a woman celebrate her seventieth birthday with us, so if she can do it, you can too.
Rollin in the Hills
And you know what else you get to do if you bike – especially using a powerful AF electric bike? Roll EZ breezy around Lake Hollywood and through the Hollywood Hills, passing the former homes of Marlon Brando, Debbie Reynolds, The Beatles, Madonna along the way.
Sure, you could drive halfway up it – if traffic, noise, and gasoline is your idea of a good time. But if you want to remove yourself from the urban rat race and climb above the noise and commotion of Los Angeles – and not spend most of your precious day hiking up and down – you gotta hop on an e-bike. We’ll even outfit you with a helmet. Yes, it’s the law, but between the coyotes and the celebrities running around the Hollywood Hills, there’s a good chance you might have to run (or bike) for your life.
Can’t I just walk it…?
Sure, you could walk it. That’s very 1923 of you. But if you choose to take your own two feet, you won’t get the pleasure of pedaling to the top. You’re always going to wonder what it feels like to whiz past exhausted hikers as you stare out over the cliffs of the Santa Monica Mountains. You’ll never know what it’s like to see 25 million people all at once in a breathtaking 360 degrees. You’ll always wonder what it feels like to climb over a thousand feet on two wheels, feel the wind in your helmet, the sun on your face, and the rush of making it to the very top of Los Angeles.
So cruise to the top on an electric bike on a guided tour from LA Flyrides. We’ve got loads more insider stories, facts, and jokes that you can only get from us. After all, we’re the number one outdoor activity on TripAdvisor for a reason 😉 Click here to book your cruise now! Before long, you’ll be snapping epic pictures like these:
E-biking truly is the best way to the top of the Hollywood Sign. BOOK YOUR CRUISE NOW!
See you at the top!