The Best Things To See & Do In Los Altos

©Miguel Vieira/Flickr
©Miguel Vieira/Flickr
Photo of Sucheta Shahane
9 February 2017

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.

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Los Altos History Museum

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Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos
Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos | ©Miguel Vieira/Flickr
What we now know as the Silicon Valley used to be home to beautiful fruit orchards. Located in one of the few remaining orchards, the Los Altos History Museum allows visitors to understand this valley’s journey from a massive agricultural area to a hip, technology oriented hub. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday from noon to 4 pm, and admission is free for all.

Windy Hill Preserve

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

Los Altos Stage Company

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

Los Altos Farmers Market

Farmers' Market, American
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Located in the very happening Downtown Los Altos, this local favorite Farmer’s Market takes place every Thursday from 4.00 to 8.00 PM. Local farmers and vendors sell their produce at the bustling market for good prices. Buyers can also listen to live music while shopping, and create crafts!

San Andreas Fault Trail

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

Downtown Los Altos

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

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