Magazine article Sunset

Stanford University

Magazine article Sunset

Stanford University

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Why go now: Give in to that autumn urge to get back on campus with a day on the Farm (as it's called), where October foliage comes with shorts--and--flip-flops weather. Annual campus visitors: 150,000 Best way to get the lay of the land: A student-led walking tour (free; stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/tours). What Stanford and New York's Central Park have in common: Landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Architectural style of the Main Quad: Rich-ardsonian Romanesque (with a dash of Taco Bell). Best overview: The observation platform at the top of Hoover Tower, 285 feet up (10-4; $2). Best scenic hike on campus: The Dish (3.5-mile loop; enter at Stanford Ave. at Junipero Serra Blvd.). When you're done looking at the Rodins: Find peace, shade, and Aboriginal art at the outdoor New Guinea Sculpture Garden (Lomita Dr. at Santa Teresa St.). Tune in: Volunteer-run KZSU, 90.1 FM

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1. The Thinker is just the start

You can't help but feel edified among the larger-than-life creations in front of the Cantor Arts Center, home to the biggest collection of Rodin bronzes outside Paris (328 Lomita Dr.; museum. stanford.edu). There's plenty more to see inside, including the gold spike driven into the Transcontinental Railroad by Leland Stanford. Hungry? Order a grilled grass-fed burger at the Cool Cafe, where the outdoor tables provide a front-row view of the sculptures ($; lunch only; 650/725-4758).

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2. Catch 'em before they go pro

Stanford students are known for being fit in the extreme. To get a feel for life here, check out the jocks in action. This month you can watch football--the homecoming game involves lots of fanfare (Oct 24; from $15)--as well as volleyball, soccer, tennis, field hockey, or, for something more splashy, a swim meet or diving competition. …

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