What to Do around The Westin Palo Alto
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Palo Alto is a beautiful little slice of California life. Home to one of the world’s foremost universities, Palo Alto has small town appeal coupled with cosmopolitan culture and cuisine, and a warm climate tempered by proximity to San Francisco Bay.
Woodside, CA, USA
State Route 35, also known as Skyline Boulevard, is a 54-mile road that runs through an escarpment of hills that make up the Santa Cruz Mountains. Located in the San Francisco Peninsula, this ridge of luscious green, separates the Pacific Ocean...
221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
The baroque one-screen “Movie Palaces” that were common in the early part of the 20th century are almost totally a thing of the past. Apparently, beauty couldn’t conquer the bland beasts with 20+ screens. Though movie-goers no longer dress up in...
2775 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA
For fifteen miles the Baylands Preserve stretches out around you and from here it's easy to imagine what the marshy San Francisco Bay looked like before it was developed. Fresh and tidal habitats serve countless species of birds, making it a...
Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Palo Alto’s year-round comfortable weather just begs for fun in the sun. What better way to spend time outdoors than enjoying a rousing game of lawn bowling at Palo Alto’s Lawn Bowling Green. First-time bowlers can learn this relaxing sport...
536 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Palo Alto remains home to many long-running family businesses, one of the eldest being Bell’s Bookstore in downtown. It is nigh-impossible to comprehend the incredible selection of literature and artistry Bell’s has managed to accumulate without...
Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
One of San Francisco’s hidden architectural gems happens to be located right upon the Stanford Campus. Hanna House is a hexagonal shaped building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that paved the way for future architectural design in many modern...
550 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
On a clear day, there is no better way to check out the sights of the entire Peninsula than on top of Hoover Tower. At 283 feet tall, it quite literally towers above every other building in Palo Alto! The observation platform at the very top...
4001 Sand Hill Rd, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
Stanford University conducts some of the world's most compelling research and education on biotic diversity right here at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP). This Preserve is a natural laboratory for Stanford students, an education point...
655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
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...
366 State St, Los Altos, CA 94022, USA
With the advent of iPads, Kindles, and any number of e-books being sold at super-cheap, super-plentiful online superstores, the demise of those offbeat bookstores that were just around the corner has been a depressing prospect for book lovers...
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
Just a short drive outside of San Fran, you can check out the Google headquarters, also known as Googleplex. Unfortunately, there are no tours to the public unless you are visiting a friend who can grant you access, however you can grab one of the...
328 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Admission is free at the Cantor Arts Center. The museum is based on the collection of art that the Stanford family bought during their travels around the world. The museum was created so that the public and the students of the university could...
450 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Even at a glance, it is quite apparent why Stanford’s Memorial Church is the campus's crown jewel and favorite piece of architecture. With beautiful artwork outside and an equally breathtaking interior, I forgot I was in Palo Alto, and not staring...
Stanford Dish Hiking Trail, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
The Dish in the Stanford Foothills is just the location for the nature enthusiast or fitness fanatic. Located on the corner of Junipero Serra Blvd. and Stanford Ave., this 4-mile paved stretch of landscape is host to some of the most gorgeous...
815 Stewart Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA
It's been 30 years since I've gone rock climbing on a regular basis, and I wasn't sure how to get back into it, so I decided to take a one-hour belay lesson at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale. I went on a Monday night, and the place was packed --...
855 El Camino Real #108, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Create It may be just the place for families looking to encourage a creative spark in their children. At this craft store children (and adults!) can create and decorate their own ceramics in a fun setting. Walls are lined with previous projects as...
22500 Cristo Rey Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA
A trip to Deer Hollow Farm sticks with you—even now my memory of elementary school field trips here are vivid. For over a century the farm has operated as a community-focused experiential education center. True to tradition, they continue to...
440 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Think that Whole Foods—a “progressive” corporate behemoth—is a contradiction? Would you prefer to “shop local” and also get the kind of all-natural fruits, vegetables, granola, and other environmentally friendly, socially responsible offerings...
86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
The house and gardens at Filoli, in Woodside, may look familiar. They played a central role in films including Harold & Maude and Heaven Can Wait; on the small screen, the house appeared in the opening credits of Dynasty. It's easy to understand...
Palm Dr, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Maybe exploring human self-sacrifice is not the first thought that comes to your mind while leisurely strolling the alleys at Stanford University. The drive here was pleasant, the sky is an impossible to be replicated blue, the people are smart,...
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