Today we explore Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America and known as the "Central Park" of Los Angeles. After successful mining investments, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith purchased Rancho Los Feliz in 1882, and later donated over 3,000 acres to the city and a trust fund for improvements on this land. During our exploration of Griffith Park we'll see both the well known and the less known sights including the Travel Town Museum and the remants of the old L.A. Zoo. Discover the art, histo1y, and cultures of the American West with a docent-guided tour at the Autry Museum of the American West. This first-class museum features world-class galleries filled with Native American art and artifacts, film memorabilia, historic firearms, paintings, and special exhibitions. Visit Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, a truly majestic memorial park and a serene resting place dedicated to the preservation of American Histo1y. See the replica of the Old North Church and the highly acclaimed Birth of Liberty mosaic, composed of ten million pieces of Venetian glass depicting twenty-five scenes from early America. This afternoon, enjoy time at your leisure to explore the spectacular exhibits, and the Planetarium show (additional charge payable at the Observatory), at the world-famous Griffith Observatory - a beloved L.A. landmark built in 1935 that recently underwent a $93 million renovation and expansion. Enjoy an included boxed lunch picnic in Griffith Park's lovely outdoor setting. Suggested: walking shoes.