Although most travelers would choose to see some of the typical sights in the San Francisco Bay Area, if visiting the place that begat the most Silicon Valley entrepreneurs excites you, visit the Stanford University campus. Not only is it on beautifully landscaped grounds with miles of walking paths and historic buildings but, it is ever changing and growing. While there for a recent executive education course through the exciting d.school Institute of Design, I tripped upon the art exhibit pictured here, in the Knight Graduate School of Business. As I continued walking, I found other exhibits. Of course, there is the small but powerful Cantor Museum, for a more traditional art viewing experience but with its Rodin sculptures in the midst of the Quad and these contemporary pieces in the Knight School, much of the art on view is outdoors.
Of course, the Quad is a historical artifact with buildings from the late 1880s. As you wander the colonnades, you can imagine Leland Stanford breaking ground to build a magnificent campus in these foothills. Going during spring break is peaceful.