Attractions

Top Choice State Park in Pescadero

Año Nuevo State Park

Just over a dozen miles southeast of Pescadero State Beach, Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve is home base for one of the world's largest mainland breeding colonies of northern elephant seals. More raucous than a full…
House in San Jose

Winchester Mystery House

An odd structure purposefully commissioned to be so by the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, this ridiculous Victorian mansion is filled with 160 rooms of various sizes and little utility, with dead-end hallways…
Science Center in Palo Alto

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Nobel Prize–winning scientific discoveries have been made at this 2-mile-long linear accelerator – the world's longest – built in the mid-1960s. Scientists here today conduct research in particle physics and cosmolo…
Nature Reserve in Montara & Moss Beach

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

At Moss Beach, this marine reserve protects tide pools teeming with sea life. Walk out among the pools at low tide – wearing shoes that you can get wet – and explore the myriad crabs, sea stars, mollusks and rainbow…
Lighthouse in Pescadero

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

A half dozen miles south of Pescadero along the coast, the 115ft light station is one of the tallest lighthouses on the West Coast. The 1872 landmark had to close access to the upper tower when chunks of its cornice…
Historic Building in San Jose

History Park

Historic buildings from all over San Jose have been brought together in this open-air history museum, southeast of the city center in Kelley Park. The centerpiece is a scaled-down replica of the 1881 Electric Light …
Farm in Pescadero

Harley Farms Goat Dairy

Another local food treasure, here the split-level farm shop sells creamy artisanal goat's cheeses festooned with fruit, nuts and a rainbow of edible flowers, as well as goat's-milk bath and body products. Show up an…
State Park in Pescadero

Butano State Park

Five miles south of Pescadero, bobcats and coyotes reside discreetly in this pretty park's 4600 acres of dense redwood canyon and uplands laced with hiking and mountain-biking trails and shady campsites. From Pescad…
Notable Building in The Peninsula

Googleplex

Though there are no official tours of the Googleplex, visitors can stroll the campus and gawk at the public art on the leafy grounds, where scads of Googlers zoom about on primary-colored bicycles. Don't miss the to…
Plaza in Palo Alto

Main Quad

Auguste Rodin’s Burghers of Calais bronze sculpture marks the entrance to Stanford University's Main Quad, an open plaza where the original 12 campus buildings, a mix of Romanesque and Mission Revival styles, were j…