Los Altos Travel Guide

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Los Altos Things to Do

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    by cplanelawr Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Limitless!!!!
    If you can think of it, you can probably find it within less than a day's drive. The lowest and highest points in the lower 48 states are about a 10 hour drive away. Lake Tahoe is 4 hours, surfing, scuba, whale watching, camping, symphonies, plays,wine tasting, great golf courses, all major professional sports, minor league baseball, all significant college sports (except ice hockey), world class scenery, ballet, sailing, used book browsing, outlet and upper crust shopping, are all at one's fingertips in less than 2 hours at all times.
    Some of the most spectacular places in the world are within a fairly short distance. There are Giant Redwood trees less than an hour away, Yosemite is not far, the Golden Gate National Park and Recreation Area includes part of San Francisco and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and includes part of Marin County as well, the only National Park which includes a chunk of a major metropolitan area.
    California has more national parks and monuments than any other state, as well as a phenomenal number of wonderful state parks, including the incredibly spectacular and, to many, spiritual, Big Sur coastal area south of Monterey. Which leads to the great Monterey/Carmel golf courses, famous the world over.
    Los Altos is a great location from which to explore California especially the Northern and Central areas, as it is quite close to so many things but a little more calm than being stuck in the center of a condensed city such as San Francisco or Oakland.

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    by cplanelawr Written Oct 5, 2002

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    The most convenient airport to Los Altos is San Jose, if you can get a flight into it. San Francisco(SFO) is relatively close (about 40 minutes), but the traffic here can be difficult. Oakland is further away, about an hour, but flights tend to be a little cheaper than SFO, and getting in and out, quite a bit easier. Clearly San Jose is the best bet, unless your stay is more focused on San Francisco and Los Altos is a side trip from there.
    Car rentals are really a must if you want to really see the area. If you are concentrating on San Francisco, the public transportation is quite good, however, it is very limited in outlying areas. One can get to Los Altos by bus or train from San Francisco or San Jose, however, getting from San Jose airport to Los Altos via either of those methods isn't as simple as it should be.
    This is generally a bicycle friendly area, with bike lanes on the expressways and many roads, including many in Los Altos and Palo Alto, with many beautiful areas to bicycle in, including the parks along the San Francisco Bay, so a bicycling tour can be a great way to see the area.
    Rental cars are the choice, bicycles are good if not trying to go to far. Public transportation in San Francisco is the way to go (unless I am driving).
    One can rent anything from bicycles to Harleys to Rolls Royces to Yugos in this area.

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