Allied Arts Guild
75 Arbor Road at Cambridge Ave., Menlo Park
Information: 322-2405, www.alliedartsguild.org
Allied Arts Guild is a beautiful and historic garden oasis, home to unique shops, artists' studios, and a charming café.
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
328 Lomita Drive, Stanford
Information: 723-4177, http://museum.stanford.edu
The Cantor Arts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris.
Computer History Museum
1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
Information: 810-1010, www.computerhistory.org
This is the world's largest history museum for the preservation and presentation of artifacts and stories of the Information Age located in the heart of Silicon Valley.
86 Cañada Road, Woodside
Information: 364-8300, www.filoli.org
Filoli is a 654 acre estate 30 miles south of San Francisco with magnificent gardens and a grand Georgian country house where hundreds of rare flowers, plants and trees flourish.
Fujitsu Planetarium at DeAnza College
21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino
Information: (408) 864-8814, www.planetarium.deanza.fhda.edu
The Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College is the largest school planetarium west of the Rocky Mountains and one of the most modern in the world. Community education oversees the school field trips and weekend public shows as well as many special events.
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
Information: 329-1356, www.gamblegarden.org
Gamble Garden is a non-profit horticultural foundation in Palo Alto. The 2.5 acre property includes an historic home, carriage house, tea house and formal and demonstration gardens.
26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills
Information: 949-8650, www.hiddenvilla.org
Hidden Villa is a non-profit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Hidden Villa stretches over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.Hidden Villa guests enjoy hiking 8 miles of trails, visiting with our farm animals, exploring our gardens, gathering in our rental spaces, and participating in our classes and events.
Information: 723-2053, http://visit.stanford.edu/plan/guides/hoover.html
The observation platform is located on the fourteenth story of Hoover Tower. When you step off the elevator, be welcomed by a tour guide who is available to point out Stanford University landmarks and, on a clear day, sights around the San Francisco Bay Area.
367 Addison Ave., Palo Alto
Information: (669) 264-0649, www.hpmuseum.org/garage/garage.htm
In 1938 David and Lucile Packard got married and rented the first floor of the house at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. The simple one-car garage became the HP workshop and the little shack out back became Bill Hewlett's home. In 1989 California named the garage "the birthplace of Silicon Valley" and made it a California Historical Landmark.
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Information: 851-6813, http://jrbp.stanford.edu/overview.php
Located near Stanford University's campus in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Preserve encompasses remarkable geologic, topographic, and biotic diversity within its 1,189 acres and provides a natural laboratory for researchers from all over the world, educational experiences to students and docent-led visitors, and refuge to native plants and animals.
Los Altos History Museum
51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
Information: 948-9427, https://losaltoshistory.org/
History inspires imagination, stimulates thought and transforms society. The Los Altos History Museum preserves and shares our local history to enrich our community and to shape a more informed future.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
330 Distel Circle, Los Altos
Information: 691-1200, www.openspace.org
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a regional greenbelt system in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is comprised of over 62,000 acres of land in 26 open space preserves protected for public enjoyment, making a preserve system of diverse and unparalleled beauty in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country.
Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve
2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Information: 617-3156, http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/parks/preserves/baylands.asp
The 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is the largest tract of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats. Many consider this area to be one of the best bird watching areas on the west coast.
Rancho San Antonio
Information: 691-1200, www.openspace.org
The preserve's extensive 24 miles of trails are available for exploration, whether one chooses to hike, bike, or horseback ride. A highlight of the preserve is Deer Hollow Farm, a working farm with a cow, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, other animals, and an organic garden as well as numerous turn-of-the-century ranch buildings.
Stanford Dish Walk
400 Reservoir Rd., Stanford
Information: 723-2560, http://dish.stanford.edu
Named after the large old radiotelescope used for research in the Stanford foothills and visible from throughout the area, the Dish is a popular recreational area for hiking and jogging and is open to the public from approximately sunrise to sunset throughout the year.
Stanford Linear Accelerator
2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Information: 926-3300, www6.slac.stanford.edu
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is home to a two-mile linear accelerator — the longest in the world.
Stanford Visitor Center
295 Galvez St., Stanford
Visitor Information Services: 723-2560, www.visit.stanford.edu
The Stanford campus offers a wealth of sightseeing and educational opportunities. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour.