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 localization.company to add information about your Palo Alto location or event.
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.
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
CANTOR OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK
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 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 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 http://transportation.stanford.edu
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.
See also: HP House & Garage
And this second important article: article in the Mercury News
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
Note: 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 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 LifeWithFive.com
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).
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
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.
9 m walking time (o.4 mile) estimated.
8 minutes for 0.4 mile:
1 h 13 min (3.7 miles) via Embarcadero Rd:
1 h 30 min (4.6 miles) via San Francisquito Creek Trail:
1 h 19 min (4.1 miles) via E Bayshore Rd
45 min (2.3 miles) via Embarcadero Rd and E Bayshore Rd
59 min (3.0 miles) via Embarcadero Rd and North California Ave
14 min (0.7 mile) via Park Blvd and Portage Ave
38 min (1.9 miles) via Park Blvd and W Meadow Dr
45 min (2.2 miles) via East Meadow Dr and Maybell Ave
1 h 6 min (3.4 miles) via Hanover St
21 min (1.0 mile) via Palm Dr