The Hollywood sign is a must see for most first-time LA visitors. Although you cannot walk right up to the sign, you can get great views and pictures from a distance. Here are some ideas on some of the best and easy to get to spots.
1) Hollywood & Highland Center - This shopping mall is located on Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Avenue in the heart of Hollywood. There is a patio on the top northeast corner of the shopping complex that provides a perfect view of the Hollywood sign. Best of all, if you will be driving, they offer affordable $2 parking for 2 hours of parking (with validation from participating shops, restaurants and night clubs).
2) Griffith Park Observatory - The observatory provides sweeping views of the entire city, as well as the Hollywood sign. Several guests enjoy visiting around dusk to get a day and evening view of the city.
Happy picture taking!