PALO ALTO AND SLIGHTLY BEYOND
Welcome to this Palo Alto tourism guide as presented by a local resident. We will look at the HP garage, Google, Facebook, Stanford’s Palm Drive (entrance to Stanford), and then come to a detailed introduction of the city, its history, sites, weather forecast sources, photos from the 1940s and more.
The Hewlett-Packard House and Garage is located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. This garage is the birthplace of Silicon Valley. The idea for such a region originated with Dr. Frederick Terman, a Stanford University professor who encouraged his students to start up their own electronics companies in the area instead of joining established firms in the East. The first two students to follow his advice were William R. Hewlett and David Packard, who in 1938 began developing their first product, an audio oscillator, in this garage.
Some timeline history information and location (note the Google complex is very large and there are several locations so we will focus on the largest of these). “Search engine Internet giant, Google, was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and in February of 1999 moved into office space at 165 University avenue with 11 employees. Later that year, Google moved to Mountain View as space became an issue for expansion plans.” Via: http://www.lifewithfive.com/20-tech-companies-with-roots-in-palo-alto/
Googleplex central campus – 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
The Google Inc. central campus, a subset of the larger campus called the Googleplex.
Some timeline history information and location. The original “The Facebook Inc” headquarters were located at 471 Emerson Street in Palo Alto “In 2004, when Facebook was then known as thefacebook.com, they leased space at 156 University Avenue, in Downtown Palo Alto. Then in Feb 2005, Facebook leased 471 Emerson at the corner of Emerson and University Avenue. In December 2011, Facebook, was spread out in about a dozen locations downtown, including the Magnolia Hi-Fi building and a small office space at 101 University and 1601 California Avenue. At the end of 2011, Facebook completed their move to Menlo Park.” Adapted from this first rate site: http://www.lifewithfive.com/20-tech-companies-with-roots-in-palo-alto/
Location: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
Worth a read: on mercurynews.com
Timeline history: on businessinsider.com
Entrance to Stanford – Map and Street View. For this I choose to have 3 street views (instead of your having to navigate inside of one or the other).
PALO ALTO – OVERVIEW
Palo Alto is a LARGE AREA with TWO train stations: Downtown – the main station and the smaller California Avenue stop. The City of Palo Alto extends across 36 neighborhoods. See PDF and a second map. Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose. Palo Alto is a charming mix of old and new. It has been judged for 2016 the 6th best place to live in America.
Palo Alto’s earliest recorded history dates from 1769, when Gaspar de Portolá noted an Ohlone settlement.
The establishment of Stanford University in 1885 made Palo Alto home to one of the leading places of learning; worldwide. 53 years later, The Hewlett-Packard House and Garage became the birthplace of the world’s first high-technology region which would be soon known as “Silicon Valley.” It was in the mid 90s that the true impact of this revolution started to be felt worldwide – as the Internet became a means of mass communication and the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area a hub for CEOs to set up some of the most important Tech firms on earth. Today: As of the 2010 census, the city’s total resident population is 64,403. Daily about 39.000 people come into town for work related reasons. NOTE: See (different page) on this site: Palo Alto Demographics – With Comparison to East Palo Alto statistics.
Fun places to visit as soon as you are in town
- Go over to home of Silicon Valley located in the HP Garage at 367 Addison Avenue. (See: Map)
- Drive over to Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve (Best to drive HERE at TERMINAL BLVD in Mountain View to park and start your walk).
- Go over to Stanford for a coffee and a visit of the Hoover Tower, Rodin works, Museums, and more.
- Visit the Stanford Shopping Center.
- Discover at 221 University Avenue the wonderful Stanford Theatre (showing golden age Hollywood movies in a beautiful setting).
IMAGES FROM PALO ALTO TODAY
IMAGES FROM PALO ALTO’S PAST
PALO ALTO TOURISM
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 with the university, the historic museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. The Cantor’s encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes more than 44,000 artworks and beckons visitors to travel around the world and through time: from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical to contemporary.
With 24 galleries presenting selections from the collection and more than 20 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor serves Stanford’s academic community, draws art lovers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and attracts campus visitors from around the world.
Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities plus changing exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and a great resource for teaching and research on campus. The Cantor is also famous for its outdoor sculpture, including the Rodin Sculpture Garden, modern and contemporary art across campus, and the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden.
Cantor Arts Center
Lomita Drive at Museum Way
CANTOR OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK
Easter Sunday, 4/16
11 am–5 pm
11 am–8 pm
11 am–5 pm
– Admission is free of charge
Photography is allowed in the Center as long as the images are for personal, non-commercial use and works shown are part of the Cantor Arts Center’s collection. Photography of special exhibitions and of works on loan is restricted. Consult with the Visitor Service volunteer upon arrival to learn where you can photograph. Tripods cannot be used inside, but flash is OK. No wedding photography is allowed. Photography guidelines are at http://museum.stanford.edu/visit/Photography_Policy.html
The Cantor Arts Center respects the intellectual property rights of others, and we ask that you do the same. You can learn more at http://fairuse.stanford.edu/internet-resources/
Accessible by numerous public transportation agencies including Caltrain, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency, SamTrans, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Altamont Commuter Express, Dumbarton Express, and the East Bay Express.
The Stanford Marguerite, a free weekday shuttle system, picks up and delivers passengers to and from nearby public transportation stations and university locations, including the Cantor Arts Center, Rodin Sculpture Garden, and Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden. If you would like to know more about the Marguerite shuttle, please contact the Transportation Office at 650-723-9362 or visit the Transportation Office Web site at http://transportation.stanford.edu
See: Eternal link: about the Rodin sculptures at Stanford
Hewlett-Packard House and Garage
See also: HP House & Garage
Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve
Stanford Memorial Church
Palo Alto Foothills Park
Los Trancos Open Space Preserve
Museum of American Heritage
Esther Clark Nature Preserve
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Steve Jobs’ Grave
And this second important article: article in the Mercury News
PALO ALTO WEATHER – MULTIPLE FORECAST RESOURCES
PALO ALTO 5 to 7 DAY FORECASTS:
PALO ALTO WEATHER TODAY:
RADAR AND SATELLITE VIEW
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:
Color blindness tools
Surface Observations Plot for WFO Sacramento
Northern California Surface Observations with Esri Maps
Observation Map and List of Stations
Latest METAR Observations
for Northern CaliforniaLatest METAR Observations
for Southern California
IWIN California Data
Local Storm Report
EMERGENCY WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Page National
Weather Service: Watches, Warnings and Advisories for California
Weather Site Map
NOAA Weather Radio
Ultra Violet Radiation
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Fire Weather OutlooksUV
Extra: You may wish to set up email alerts about Palo Alto weather
Walking Time/Speed with Google Maps
Google Maps is AMAZING! Let us take the example of a walk I have searched for locally. Here is Google’s estimated walk time from mid-town to a location close to the wonderful Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve
Using queries on Google Maps for Palo Alto here are the walking time estimates between main sights.
As discussed in my previous post the estimated time Google Maps walking speed is estimated at about three miles per hour. Please double check the estimates and route planner / distances BEFORE traveling by foot; walking distances may vary if you wish to avoid large roads. Example: Going SOUTH from Palo Alto you will maybe wish to avoid using El Camino Real by foot and would no doubt prefer to walk parallel to it on a bike friendly street. Example: The Bryant St. “Bicycle Boulevard” (going from Palo Alto Avenue to East Meadow Drive at a distance of about 20 minutes by bike and 1 h 4 min (3.3 mi) by foot) includes branding signage and enhanced roadway markings and additional traffic calming measures.
Walking Time Estimates
Palo Alto Train Station to Stanford Shopping Center:
9 m walking time (o.4 mile) estimated.
Palo Alto Train Station to Whole Foods Market:
8 minutes for 0.4 mile:
Palo Alto Train Station to Baylands:
1 h 13 min (3.7 miles) via Embarcadero Rd:
Palo Alto Baylands to Facebook HQ (Menlo Park)
1 h 30 min (4.6 miles) via San Francisquito Creek Trail:
Palo Alto Baylands to Google HQ (Mountain View)
1 h 19 min (4.1 miles) via E Bayshore Rd
Palo Alto Baylands to IKEA (East Palo Alto)
45 min (2.3 miles) via Embarcadero Rd and E Bayshore Rd
Palo Alto Baylands to California Ave Station:
59 min (3.0 miles) via Embarcadero Rd and North California Ave
California Ave Station to Equinox at 440 Portage Avenue
14 min (0.7 mile) via Park Blvd and Portage Ave
Equinox at 440 Portage Avenue to Mitchell Park Community Center:
38 min (1.9 miles) via Park Blvd and W Meadow Dr
Mitchell Park Community Center to Gunn High School
45 min (2.2 miles) via East Meadow Dr and Maybell Ave
Henry M. Gunn High School to Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford
1 h 6 min (3.4 miles) via Hanover St
Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford to the start of University Avenue
21 min (1.0 mile) via Palm Dr
See: Palo Alto Demographics – With Comparison to East Palo Alto statistics.
- Barron Park neighborhood
- Charleston Meadows neighborhood
- Charleston Terrace neighborhood
- College Terrace neighborhood
- Community Center neighborhood
- Crescent Park neighborhood
- Downtown (Downtown North) neighborhood
- Duveneck (St Francis) neighborhood
- Evergreen Park neighborhood
- Fairmeadow neighborhood
- Garland (Leland Manor) neighborhood
- Green Acres neighborhood
- Greenmeadow neighborhood
- Midtown (Midtown West) neighborhood
- Oak Creek neighborhood
- Old Palo Alto neighborhood
- Palo Alto Hills neighborhood
- Palo Verde neighborhood
- Professorville neighborhood
- Research Park neighborhood
- Southgate neighborhood
- University Park neighborhood
- University South neighborhood
- Ventura neighborhood
This Palo Alto tourism guide was last updated on 07/10/2017