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Located at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, Los Altos is a bustling suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. Home to many good restaurants and neighborhoods, the city is also houses many small attractions that most people ignore — but a lazy weekend can be well spent in Los Altos.
As the valley was expanding in the 1960s, local governments allocated over 10,000 acres of natural land as a preserve. The Windy Hill Preserve is a breathtaking 1,300-acre property covered in a sheet of green grass. It is also an ideal spot to fly kites and glide. The preserve is open half an hour before sunrise and closes half an hour after sunset.
Portola Valley, CA 94028 (650) 691-1200
A local favorite, The Los Altos Stage Company is a group of actors performing classic theatrical arts. With outstanding support from the local community, the company has expanded in the past few years. The 2015 to 2016 schedule consists of the plays Middletown, Catch 22, and Bat Boy: The Musical. Tickets can be purchased online.
97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022 (650) 941-0551
The San Andreas Fault Trail is located in the Los Trancos Preserve. This 200-acre lush property is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is an amazing place to learn about and visually understand geology in California. The actual trail is a 1.5-mile self guided pathway, where visitors can learn about California’s earthquake geography.
Page Mill Rd, Los Altos CA 94022 (650) 691-1200
A six block massive area dedicated to over 100 shops is what Downtown Los Altos is all about. Visitors can eat, shop, or just walk around the bustling area for some fun. Downtown is also home to the Farmer’s Market and many local events. Coming up in March is the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.
88 Main Street, Los Altos CA 94022 (650) 949 – 5282
By Sucheta Shahane