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Stanford’s Palm Drive

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).

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

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The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 along 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
Stanford, CA

Closed Tuesday
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. You can find photography guidelines at
The Cantor Arts Center respects the intellectual property rights of others and we ask that you do the same. You can learn more at

Public Transit
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 beyond. 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

Hoover Tower

Tower Website

Hewlett-Packard House and Garage

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.

Stanford Memorial Church

Stanford Memorial Website

Hanna–Honeycomb House

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Designed House

Discover Google (Mountain View)

Googleplex central campus – 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043. From the center of Palo Alto that is a 15 minute drive.

“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.” (…) Source

Do read this article:

Facebook (in Menlo Park)

Note: The original “The Facebook Inc” headquarters were located at 471 Emerson Street in Palo Alto “In 2004, when Facebook was then known as, 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 across 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

Location: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
Worth a read: on
Timeline history: on

Esther Clark Nature Preserve

Located at the end of Old Adobe Road off of Arastradero Road.
Trail Map in PDF guide

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.

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, 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)

 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

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