Palo Alto Things to Do

  • Stanford University
    Stanford University
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  • Stanford University
    Stanford University
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  • Stanford University
    Stanford University
    by tvdandy

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  • 1. Stanford University

    Leland Stanford Junior University, is commonly known as Stanford University or just Stanford. It was founded in 1885 by the former governor of California Leland Stanford in memory of his son who had...

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  • 2. City Hall Plaza

    City Hall is kind of a plain 1960s-ish building with a brick and grass plaza called Martin Luther King Plaza. In fact, this area was just designated King Plaza in 2008, and a new plaque reads: "This...

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  • 3. Stanford Theater

    Stanford University is gorgeous, colorful and easy to get around. The best bet for parking is to go to the main quad area, there you will see a circled parking area for guests. This is metered parking...

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  • 4. Downtown

    Downtown Palo Alto is a lovely tourist destination. There lies my disappointment. I like my college towns to be edgy, progressive and artsy. This town caters to the rich tourist more so than the poor...

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  • 5. Stanford University Memorial Church

    If you enter the Stanford campus from Palo Alto's University Avenue, off in the distance you will see the impressive architecture of the main campus quadrangle backed by the amazing chapel. The...

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  • 6. Water Tower Park

    What to do with a 100 year old concrete water tower that is a foot thick concrete and might cost the city tens of thousands of dollars to remove? This water tower and nearby well in Palo Alto were...

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  • 7. Hoover Tower

    Hoover Tower is visible from almost anywhere in the surrounding area. It was built in 1941 to celebrate the university's 50th anniversary. The structure is 285 feet tall. The observation deck at 250...

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  • 8. El Palo Alto Park

    El Palo Alto park is a .5 acre park and is the home of "El Palo Alto" the redwood tree which was the source of the the city of Palo Alto's name. The park exists to preserve this tree and the town's...

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  • 9. MacArthur Park

    MacArthur Park is a historic restaurant in Palo Alto that is California Historical Landmark No. 895. The structure was built in 1918 by Julia Morgan (who also built Hearst Castle at San Simeon,...

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  • 10. Varsity Theater

    Borders is located in the historic Varsity Theater in downtown Palo Alto. Everyone knows what a Borders is and what Borders sells, so I won't spend much time there. The cool thing about this store is...

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  • 11. Stanford's Mausoleum

    All three Stanfords (Leland, Jane and Leland Jr.) are buried in a Mausoleum located near the Arizona Garden. There is also a statue of the three of them. Leland Jr. is holding a scroll that says...

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  • 14. Digital DNA & Lytton Plaza

    “Digital DNA,” a seven foot tall egg made of circuit boards, stands downtown at Lytton Plaza. Digital DNA is a seven foot tall by five feet wide egg-shaped...

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  • 15. Rent a bicycle

    If your staying in Palo Alto, renting a bicycle makes parking easy. You can visit Stanford University on the free shuttle (MArgariet) by the train station and...

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  • 16. visit the Cantor Center for Visual Arts

    We visited here on the Stanford campus. The center featured a series of sculptures by Rodin, the largest set of his bronzes outside of Paris! Admission is free,...

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  • 17. Stanford Cactus Garden

    Started sometime between 1880 and 1883, you would not expect a cactus garden to be on the Stanford campus. You would think the climate is not right, but some...

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  • 18. Cantor Center for Visual Arts

    Ten years after its closure by earthquake damage, the Stanford Museum, renovated and expanded, reopened in January 1999 as part of the new Iris & B. Gerald...

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  • 19. Walk the Dish

    The Dish Area is a 1500 acre area west of the main campus in the lower foothills. It is private park that is part of Stanford University. A radio telescope...

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  • 20. UNIVERSITY EVENTS

    I didn`t know what there was to do in Palo Alto when I went, but I knew that Stanford Univ was there. Where there is a univ, there are student events. There`s...

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