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“If you can get in, do it.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2575 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park, Palo Alto, CA 94025
650 926 3000
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Ranked #21 of 22 attractions in Palo Alto
Los Angeles
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“If you can get in, do it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This is not "open to the public." We went with a Stanford tour group and got to see various parts of the buildings, some of which are just below ground level. Very interesting to someone who likes science/physics. It's an older facility and is not that active anymore, but it is still really neat. The photo is SLAC from the air with the 280 freeway near one end of the accelerator. Now you see why it's called linear.

Visited February 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Cool, but you don't get to see very much”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

In truth, touring a linear accelerator probably can't be that great, because the really amazing parts are simply not easy to open to the public. But, you do get to see enough to appreciate how profoundly important basic research is to our world. You also appreciate the brilliance of the scientists at this lab. Rather than shutting the SLAC down when its original mission was surpassed by other facilities with greater power, the science team repurposed the SLAC into a new research facility. It continues to perform esssential basic research in new directions. You won't enjoy the tour if you have no clue about science.

Visited February 2012
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“WOW, if you're into science”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

My family (including 12 and 9 year old boys) scheduled the rare tour for the particle accelerator. It is really for 12 and older, but my 9 year old loves physics (don't ask), and Stanford was kind enough to make an exception. The tour begins with a 20 minute powerpoint to get everyone acquainted with atomic particles, etc, and then you get taken to an above-ground portion of the accelerator, the control room, etc. All in all, my wife and I, to science geeks loved it. My 9 year old loved it. My 12 year old who is more into history, debate, and literature was bored.

Visited July 2011
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