To best enjoy this page PLEASE ACTIVATE JAVASCRIPT in your browser

Palo Alto Tourism

Welcome! This Palo Alto Tourism Guide is made by a local resident as a not-for-profit project. We will be looking at great places to visit. Note: For ease, the whole tourism guide is made in an extremely long scrolling page which may take a few seconds to load. We will journey together to the HP garage, Google offices, Facebook offices, Stanford’s Palm Drive, historic sites, museums, the Rodin sculptures at Stanford, and provide you with lots of facts about the wonderful City of Palo Alto! 

Feel free to contact Ardan Michael Blum (site maker) on 650 427 9358 and/or via to add information about your Palo Alto location or event.





About the City of Palo Alto

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 (map of each neighborhood).

The City of Palo Alto is 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 ranked as the 6th best place to live in America for 2016. 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 world’s leading places of learning. 53 years later, The Hewlett-Packard House and Garage became the birthplace of the world’s first high-technology region which would soon be 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 became 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. About 39.000 people come into the town daily for work related reasons.

It is interesting to note that in the last 40 years a large portion of the downtown shops have changed. See this page for an overview of historical landmarks which include the Palo Alto Tower Well, the beautiful post office, and further away the touching Stanford Mausoleum.

Fun places to visit as soon as you are in town

Do See: Calendar of weekly events in Palo Alto

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

Website –  Youtube – Exhibition Schedule – Wikipedia – –

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.

Wikipedia About HP House & Garage

See also: HP House & Garage

Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve

Baylands Official Website

Stanford Memorial Church

Stanford Memorial Website

Hanna–Honeycomb House

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Designed House

Arastradero Preserve

Official Information

Palo Alto Foothills Park

City of Palo Alto Park Page

Los Trancos Open Space Preserve


Museum of American Heritage

Esther Clark Nature Preserve

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

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

Preserve Website

Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Information from

Charleston Slough


Steve Jobs’ Grave

Cult of Mac – About the Grave

And this second important article: article in the Mercury News

Discover GOOGLE!

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:


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


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).


In °F

In °C

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



Usage of this site constitutes acceptance of our Legal Terms | Top