The Pride of California: Palo Alto

The Pride of California: Palo Alto

Palo Alto is a city of California US, located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose within Santa Clara County and San Mateo County borders. The city of Palo Alto is a historic blend of tradition and innovation which reflects from the architecture, municipality services, food, tourist places, friendly and sophisticated residents and supportive government. There are a lot of parks around the city which makes it more of a natural habitat and a 31 mile fiber ring is also developed in Palo Alto which has helped people to access internet at ultra fast speed. The name of Palo Alto is taken from a 1000 years old coastal redwood tree in San Francis Quito Creek. You will find all the streets tree lined and a lot of historical buildings around the city.


The climate of Palo Alto is very mild and the weather remains pleasant all year round. The summers go hot and winters are not bone chilling. Almost 261 sunny days are witnessed per year and July is the hottest month. The winters bring some rain with it with absolutely no snow fall and the temperature rarely reaches to minimum of 30 degrees. You can visit this city anytime during the year.

How to get here?

How to get here

Palo Alto has only one municipal airport just two miles from city center but there are three International Airports within 30 miles range. These airports are Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Metropolitan Oakland International Airport. If you are arriving by a chartered plane then there are no private airstrips here so you will have to land at the airstrip located 30 miles from the city. There are all means of transportation available at airports to reach downtown. There is also rail service available as Caltrain station of Palo Alto connects the city to various stations.

Accommodation and Food


There are a lot of hotels, motels, apartments, inns, B&Bs around the city within all price ranges. There is recently opened Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel which provides every luxurious facility you wish for. It has free internet in each room, sleep advantage bedding and onsite dining for every guest. You will also like Crowne Plaza Cabana and Westin Palo Alto with 184 rooms, 19 suites, pool fitness center, restaurant, bar and free internet. In budget options, there is Cowper Inn with 13 rooms and 4 suites, Quality Inn with 53 rooms, free parking and internet, Cardinal Hotel with 60 rooms and 3 suites. You can also choose from Days Inn Stanford, Menlo Park Inn and Country Inn motel.


Palo Alto has some the best eating places in the Bay area and is favorite dinner spot for locals throughout Silicon Valley. You will find some good dining lunching, snacking, sipping and slurping spots in the downtown Palo Alto like Evvia with delicious Mediterranean food, Oren’s Hummus Shop, Philz Coffee with best brewed coffee, Hunan Garden, Pastis, Baume, Sundance the Steakhouse, St. Michael’s Alley, Reposado Restaurant, Fraiche Yogurt, Tamarine Restaurant with great Vietnamese dishes, The Fish Market and La Bodeguita del Medio with some good Cuban cuisine.

The Attractions

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

Iris & B.Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts is an art museum, located at Stanford University, featuring wide range of exhibitions, docent tours, lectures, symposia, classes and special events. It remains open everyday and admission is free for everyone. This museum is home of paintings, sculptures and artworks from Europe & America, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Native Americas.

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Artscd

Some famous exhibitions of the Arts Center include Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg, The Royal Image, The Honest Landscape and Conversation Pieces. You can also get membership of Cantor Arts Center and get chance to participate in activities and involve in the behind the scenes programs.

Hoover Tower


Hoover Tower is a 285 feet tall tower which provides a panoramic view of the Stanford campus and surrounding area. It was built in 1941 to celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary and today it has become center of attraction in Stanford University. It was founded by Herbert Hoover and you can see the documents and memorabilia of his life and career in the rooms on the ground floor of the tower. You can go on a student guided tour and explore the tower as well as other landmarks of Stanford University.

Hewlett Packard House and Garage

Hewlett Packard House and Garage

Hewlett Packard House and Garage is a private museum of the company HP located at Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. It is the place where Hewlett Packard Company was founded in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. The first product of HP was built in this garage which was an audio oscillator. In 2000, HP decided to acquire this place to preserve its history and bought it for 1.7 million dollars.

Hanna Honeycomb House


Hanna Honeycomb House, located in the Stanford University Campus, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936 for Stanford Professor Paul Hanna and his wife Jean. You will be amazed to see the elegant design and beautiful architecture of the house. It was occupied by the Hannas till 1975 when they gave it to Stanford. The public tours of the house remain open 4 times a month with 3 tours per day and tour fee is $10 per person and children under 12 are not allowed on the tour.

Other attractions in Palo Alto include Professorville, Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Searsville Dam, Black Mountain, Adobe Creek, Lambert Creek, Matadero Creek and many more.

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