10 GTA V Locations That Are Based On Real-Life

One of the best-selling games of all time is filled with intricacies that surpass our expectations. Like previous Grand Theft Auto games, Grand Theft Auto V contains locations that are based on real-world places. The extent to which real-world locations were utilized in Grand Theft Auto V, however, is more than we could hope for. Their appearances are similar to the real thing to a great extent. In some cases, locations in Grand Theft Auto V are a near-replica. Including an observatory, a familiar sign, and a famous mountain, these are ten Grand Theft Auto V locations based on real-life.

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10 Galileo Observatory (Based on the Griffith Observatory)

You might have visited this location multiple times in Grand Theft Auto V and never knew it was an observatory. The observatory is not functional to players, but you can peer through coin-operated telescopes that surround the structure. It's an excellent place to view the city of Los Santos.

You may not have known that the Galileo Observatory is based on the Griffith Observatory, a landmark in Los Angeles, California. It would have been a nice feature to be able to go inside the Galileo Observatory. Perhaps Grand Theft Auto VI will open the doors to more of their landmarks.

9 Vinewood Sign (Based on the Hollywood sign)

This one may not come as a surprise for players who have driven around the Vinewood Hills or the locations that look upon it. The Vinewood sign, as many may have guessed, is based on the Hollywood sign in Hollywood, Los Angeles. It serves as a banner for the district of Vinewood, which is an integral part of the fictional city of Los Santos. In real-life, Hollywood is a tourist hotspot and one of the most famous locations in the United States. The only thing missing from Grand Theft Auto V is the ability to climb the sign!

8 Del Perro Pier (Based on the Santa Monica Pier)

For those who have toured around the United States, this location's existence in Grand Theft Auto V may not come as a surprise. Del Perro Pier is a fictional place in the world of Grand Theft Auto V, but the location was inspired by the Santa Monica Pier. The Santa Monica Pier is another Californian location contained on this list. The majority of the places in Grand Theft Auto V that are based on real-world locations are from the state of California. The resemblance between the Santa Monica Pier and the Del Perro Pier is peculiar.

7 Vespucci Beach (Based on Venice Beach)

Even real-world geologic locations are not exempt from Grand Theft Auto V. Vespucci Beach, found on the west coast of the city of Los Santos is a spot where hipsters and the general public frequent.

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It overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and it's loosely based off of Venice Beach. Chances are, you've visited Vespucci Beach a few times to see the Super Yachts in the water or have ridden a sea-doo. Venice Beach is yet another example of a real-world location that is contained in Grand Theft Auto V.

6 Big Creek Bridge (Based on the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, California)

If you've ever been driving down Grand Theft Auto V's western highway, or have been boating in the ocean of the west, there's a strong chance you've seen the Big Creek Bridge. The water that goes under the Big Creek Bridge runs into the mountains. You may not have known that Grand Theft Auto V's Big Creek Bridge is based on the Bixby Bridge found in Big Sur, California. The resemblance between the two bridges is uncanny. It's one of the many secrets of Los Santos that only a handful of people know.

5 Playboy Mansion Easter Egg (Based on the Playboy Mansion)

This iconic location is lively in the night time, which is why you'll need to visit the Playboy Mansion easter egg at night. Of course, the site is based on the Playboy Mansion. It even has a grotto like the real mansion. Attention to fine detail was ensured to create this enchanting easter egg. Now that Hugh Hefner has passed away, the Playboy Mansion still remains. And thanks to games like Grand Theft Auto V, among other things, the legacy of Hugh Hefner lives on.

4 Marlowe Vineyard (Likely based on the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard)

The Marlowe Vineyards are found in the northern part of Los Santos. The north area contains some of the most beautiful scenery in the game. Marlowe Vineyards are likely based on the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard, given the high degree of similarity between the two.

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A house sits at the top of the hill, just like at the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard. This is one place in Grand Theft Auto V you can't miss!

3 Mount Chiliad (Likely based on Mount San Jacinto)

Mount Chiliad is Grand Theft Auto V's tallest mountain and a hotspot for conspiracies. Including sightings of bigfoot and the presence of a UFO, many conspiracies are surrounding the mountain. It is likely that the mountain is based on Mount San Jacinto because of its appearance and similarities. Mount Josiah and Mount Gordo are the two other named mountains in Grand Theft Auto V. It is also possible that Mount Chiliad is based on Mount San Antonio or Mount San Gorgonio.

2 Los Santos Storm Drain (Based on the Los Angeles River)

This iconic Grand Theft Auto V location is called the Los Santos Storm Drain, and it's based on the Los Angeles River. Races and missions take place in this area, so experienced players will have encountered it a few times by now. The worn look of the lane fits for the game. The river's proportions have been toned down for the game. Why developer Rockstar Games decided to make the river smaller than it is in real life is unknown. Perhaps they shrunk the river, so players could drive through it.

1 Rancho Towers (Based on the Watts Towers in Watts, Los Angeles)

One of the lesser-known Grand Theft Auto V locations that are based on a real-world place is the Rancho Towers. They are found in the southern area of Los Santos and are based on the Watt Towers in Los Angeles. The Rancho and Watt towers do not serve a purpose other than decoration. They Watt Towers were designed by architect Sabato Rodia. According to, "In 1921, with help from his brother, Rodia bought an oddly shaped, triangular lot at 1765 E. 107th Street."

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