The Hollywood Sign is considered a landmark and cultural icon, and is located on the southern side of Mount Lee in Griffith Park in the Hollywood Hills area of Santa Monica mountains. It was first constructed and completed in 1923, and has since then undergone several renovations. The best and safest (and not to mention legal!) areas where you can get a clear view for taking photographs is from two viewing platforms: Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood and Highland Centre. Less remote areas where the sign can be viewed are the Branson Canyon entrance to Griffith Park and the Lake Hollywood Park on Canyon Lake Drive.