The 12 best views on the SF Peninsula and how to see them

Boronda Lake at Foothills Nature Preserve in Palo Alto is a pristine part of the park for picnicking, boating or taking in the view. (Photo by Veronica Weber) Many people, from tourists to tech workers, decide to visit or live in the Bay Area in large part for its scenic nature. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the redwoods and the coastline, the region is home to sweeping ocean and Bay ...

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Palo Alto’s kiddie zoo just reopened! Here are 8 animals that zookeepers think you shouldn’t miss on your first visit back.

After two years and $33 million, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo is twice the size, with 50 species and a two-story treehouse. (Photo courtesy Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo) When the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo outgrew its clunky 1940s architecture (including concrete bathtub-shaped exhibits), the beloved family staple closed to undergo a two-year makeover. Now it’s back at nearly double the size with a Loose-in-the-Zoo theme that ...

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Evacuation zone aid: A restaurant owner’s quest to feed left-behind locals

Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone Andy Kerr, co-owner of Alice’s Restaurant, drives behind a San Mateo County Sheriff vehicle through the CZU August Lightning Complex fires evacuation zone on August 25th. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone With wildfire smoke blanketing the Santa Cruz ...

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Wildfires in the 6–5–0: how to help and where to donate locally

Donate a meal, shelter an animal, offer up lodgings….and many more ways to pitch in. The La Honda Fire Station, home to a volunteer fire brigade, is situated near the northern part of the CZU August Lightning Complex. (Photo by Kate Bradshaw) Fire season has returned and with a vengeance, as an assortment of different wildfires continue to burn around the state. Here in the 6–5–0 area code, the south coast area ...

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