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Welcome Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, or to attend a conference or other event at Stanford University, you will quickly discover the unusual blend of intellect, innovation, culture and natural beauty that makes the Palo Alto area so special.
Palo Alto is home to Nobel Prize winners, Silicon Valley CEOs, venture capital firms, Hewlett-Packard and one of the most renowned universities and medical centers in the world. While Palo Alto developed as a sleepy college town, the emergence of Stanford University in the 1970s as the nation’s leading high-technology research center paved the way for hundreds of startup businesses with connections to Stanford professors and their inventions. Thus Palo Alto became known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley and attracted engineers and others from all over the world to pursue their dreams. The Stanford campus itself is the biggest visitor attraction, and visitors could easily spend a day or longer exploring the beautiful campus. But at a minimum any visit should also include a walk or drive through the tree-lined residential neighborhoods (among the costliest in the nation), a walk in the foothills or Baylands, and some great shopping and eating in the handful of nearby business districts. For our list of 10 sites not to miss while you are visiting, look in the “Attractions” section. Enjoy!
Attractions ............................................................6 Arts & Entertainment ......................................12 Shopping .............................................................14 Stanford................................................................16 Recreation ...........................................................18 Getting Around ................................................ 20 Safety & Emergencies .................................... 22 Map ................................................................. 24-25 Restaurants .........................................................27 The Palo Alto Visitors Center is co-located with the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce at 355 Alma St. at Lytton Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. The Visitors Center is staffed Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached at 650-324-3121. The center has useful brochures and other materials and can assist with answering questions and addressing special or unusual needs of visitors.
Destination Palo Alto (destinationpaloalto.com) offers much more information about where to go and what to do while visiting Palo Alto. Visitors Guide is a special project of the Palo Alto Weekly. Copyright ©2014 by Embarcadero Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. On the Cover: Maxim Belyakov slides a Margherita pizza into the oven at the Pizzeria Delfina restaurant in downtown Palo Alto. Photo by Natalia Nazarova.
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attractions The Palo Alto and Stanford area offers things to do for all ages and interests. Our favorite recommendations for out-of-town visitors are listed below. The numbers shown in parentheses are the location markers on the map on pages 24 and 25. A trip to the Stanford University campus is the highlight for most visitors, where attractions include Hoover Tower, Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center, the Rodin Sculpture Garden and a central campus bustling with activity (see page 16). Filoli Estate & Gardens (1) 86 Cañada Road, Woodside; 650-364-8300; filoli.org Standing for “Fight, Love, Live,” Filoli Gardens is one of the most magnificent remaining country estates and gardens of the early 20th century. The 43-room estate, built for the Bourn family in 1917, allows visitors to enjoy a collection of 17th- and 18th-century antiques. The spectacular gardens — made up of terraces, pathways, pools, lawns, foliage, trees and flower beds — are perfectly groomed and ever-changing with the seasons. The gardens are most known for their collection of more than 500 varieties of roses. Whether your goal is to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere or learn about the plant collections, a stroll through the exquisite gardens will not leave you disappointed. The gardens and estate are open to visitors from mid-February through October. Allied Arts Guild (2) 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park; 650-322-2405; alliedartsguild.org
Located in nearby Menlo Park, the Allied Arts Guild is an oasis of shops, gardens, artists’ studios and a cafe. A favorite spot for visitors, the historic site has carried out the founders’ original vision of a European-style crafts guild and created a lovely environment for shopping, eating and relaxing. The Guild houses numerous studios and shops of various artists, ranging from furniture repair to pottery making. The Artisan Shop sells handmade art and is operated solely for the benefit of critically ill children at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Visitors can also enjoy lunch at the charming cafe with a view of the gardens. Sunset Magazine Garden (3) 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park; 650-321-3600; sunset.com If you are the home-gardening type, you won’t want to miss the famous Sunset Magazine Garden. Located at Sunset Magazine’s headquarters in nearby Menlo Park, the display garden offers a glimpse of architecture and foliage from the major climate zones of the West. The garden contains a 1.2-acre lawn; four designated areas representing the Northwest, Northern California, Central California, and the Southwest Desert and Southern California regions; and a 3,000-square-foot test area. The entire display garden is open for free, self-guided tours, weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (except holidays). Cantor Arts Center (4) 328 Lomita Drive (at Museum Way); 650-723-4177; museum.stanford.edu Stanford family members created the museum to display their personal collection of objects of art and cultural interest; now, the museum’s collections are devoted to a wide range of art, from 19th-century American drawings
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attractions to contemporary sculptures. While on campus, visitors should be sure to look for Stanford’s outdoor sculptures: the Rodin Sculpture Garden, which houses the largest collection of Auguste Rodin bronzes outside of Paris; the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden; and numerous other pieces throughout the campus. Admission to the museum is free, and visitors can take advantage of docent tours, lectures, gallery talks, special events, the bookstore and the cafe overlooking the sculpture gardens. Museum hours are Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hoover Tower (5) Stanford University; 650-723-2053; visit.stanford.edu/ plan/guides/hoover.html Visible to all the surrounding areas, Hoover Tower is a landmark to Stanford students, faculty, alumni and the local communities. The 285-foot tower offers spectacular views of Stanford campus, the foothills and the Bay Area from its observation deck. A tour guide is available to point out important landmarks and sights. Finished in 1941 to celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary, the structure is part of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. The breathtaking views and historical background make a visit to Hoover Tower a truly one-of-a-kind Palo Alto experience. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 seniors and children under 12. Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Dish (6) Along Junipero Serra Boulevard, between Page Mill Road and Alpine Road, Stanford
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Rain or shine, you’ll find hundreds of locals and Stanford students walking or jogging the trail at The Dish, named after the large old radio-telescope used for research in the Stanford foothills and visible from throughout the area. The paved trail climbs the hills and offers spectacular views of the Peninsula, the campus and the coastal mountains. The main loop trail is 3.5 miles and takes about an hour and 15 minutes to walk. Most visitors park on Stanford Avenue, then enter through the gate at Junipero Serra Boulevard. The Alpine gate entrance is near Interstate 280 on Alpine Road at Piers Lane; the trail from there intersects with the main loop trail near the big dish and adds about a mile and a half to the full loop. Be sure not to park on the side streets (where Stanford residential parking permits are required) or you’ll be ticketed. No dogs or bicycles are allowed. Hours: sunrise to sunset (from 6 or 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 to 8 p.m., depending on the season). HP Garage (7) 367 Addison Ave., Palo Alto Known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, the HP Garage is a symbol of innovation and entrepreneurism. College friends Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard purchased the garage in 1938 as a workspace to develop their own company, which has become one of the most successful in the country. The modest building served as a research lab and a development and manufacturing workshop. However, as the company grew, the garage was quickly outgrown, and the company moved to a larger headquarters. The property
attractions is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although the garage is not open for public tours, feel free to observe and photograph the property from the street and imagine the pioneers of the electronics revolution chasing their dreams of innovation. Gamble Garden (8) 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto; 650-329-1356; gamblegarden.org Willed to the City of Palo Alto by Elizabeth F. Gamble in 1981, the 2.5-acre Gamble Garden Center features a 1902 Colonial/Georgian Revival house and formal, working and demonstration gardens. The historic property is now a nonprofit community horticultural foundation and places an emphasis on education as well as aesthetic beauty. The demonstration gardens include an herb garden and cutting beds. The estate also includes a carriage house, teahouse, tool house, greenhouse and a gazebo. Open to the public daily during daylight hours at no charge. Palo Alto Baylands (9) East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto; Baylands Nature Interpretive Center: 650-329-2506; Baylands Nature Preserve: 650-617-3156; cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/parks/preserves/ baylands.asp The Baylands protects some of the last remaining saltmarsh and mud-flat habitats on the West Coast. It offers excellent birding year-round. Wintertime high tides bring bird watchers from around the world. In the
spring and fall, the Baylands is a prime stopover and destination for birds traveling on the Pacific route of their migration flyway. Computer History Museum (10) 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; 650-810-1010; computerhistory.org Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computing history, the Computer History Museum houses one of the largest international collections of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, ephemera, photographs, moving images, documents, software and some of the very first computers from the 1940s and 1950s. Through online and physical exhibits, visitors can discover the worldwide impact of the computing revolution on the human experience. While some of the online exhibits complement physical exhibits, most are independent from one another and provide the visitor with unique information on computers. Admission to the museum is $15 for the general public and $12 for students, seniors and military. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other attractions Kids will enjoy the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (cityofpaloalto.org/jmz), the small Museum of American Heritage (moah.org) in downtown Palo Alto, the Hiller Aviation Museum (hiller.org) in San Carlos and Great America (cagreatamerica.com), an amusement park located about 10 minutes south of Palo Alto on U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Clara.
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arts & entertainment Theater, music and opera are alive and well in the Palo Alto area, with performances nearly every night of the week: Dragon Productions offers professional live theater at 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City, including â€œThe Woman in Black,â€? an adaptation of a horror novella by Susan Hill (Oct. 10-Nov. 2), and â€œThe Other Placeâ€? by Sharr White (Nov. 21-Dec. 14). Call 650-493-2006 or visit dragonproductions.net. Palo Alto Childrenâ€™s Theatre, the oldest theater by and for children in the United States, performs at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-4930 or visit cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre. Palo Alto Players, which puts on works from Broadway, Off-Broadway and beyond, performs at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Upcoming shows include â€œHarveyâ€? by Mary Chase (Nov. 8-23) and â€œEurydiceâ€? by Sarah Ruhl (Jan. 17-Feb. 1). Call 650-3290891 or visit paplayers.org. Stanford Live attracts world-class musicians and dancers for performances at Bing Concert Hall and other Stanford venues. Upcoming programs include the Kronos Quartet (Sunday, Oct. 5), indie band Pomplamoose (Saturday, Nov. 1), Monteverdiâ€™s â€œThe Vespers of 1610â€? by Apolloâ€™s Fire Baroque Orchestra (Friday, Nov. 14), the Brad Mehldau Trio (Friday, Dec. 5) and â€œStory/Timeâ€? by
Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Dance Company (Jan. 30). Call 650-724-2464 or visit live.stanford.edu. Stanford University Department of Drama presents many student productions throughout the year, usually at Pigott Theater and Prosser Studio Theater in the Memorial Auditorium and The Nitery in the Old Union at Stanford, including â€œA Kingdom, a Country or a Wasteland, in the Snowâ€? by Lola Arias (Nov. 6-8), â€œMachinalâ€? by Sophie Treadwell (Nov. 13-15) and â€œRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Deadâ€? by Tom Stoppard (Feb. 19-22). Call 650-723-2576 or visit taps.stanford.edu. TheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theater of Silicon Valley under the direction of Robert Kelley and Phil Santora, presents dramas, comedies and musicals yearround at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., and at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, including â€œSweeney Toddâ€? by Stephen Sondheim (Oct. 8-Nov. 2), â€œPeter and the Starcatcherâ€? by Rick Elice (Dec. 3-Jan. 3) and â€œ2 Pianos 4 Handsâ€? by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt (Jan. 14Feb. 8). Call 650-463-1950 or visit theatreworks.org. West Bay Opera, Palo Altoâ€™s own opera company, will stage â€œIl trovatoreâ€? (The Troubadour) by Giuseppe Verdi (Oct. 17-26) and â€œDie Entfuhrung aus dem Serailâ€? (Abduction from the Seraglio) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Feb. 13-22) at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road. Call 650-843-3900 or visit westbayopera.org. Still looking for cultural events? You could try: California Pops Orchestra will put on six shows for its 26th season, all at Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Approaching shows focus on the themes of â€œThe Great Gatsbyâ€? (Sunday, Nov. 16), a holiday celebration (Sunday, Dec. 21) and Broadway (Feb. 8). Call 650-856-8432 or visit calpops.org. Foothill College Theatre Arts Department will present â€œFirst Person Shooterâ€? by Aaron Loeb (Nov. 7-23) at Foothill College Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7360 or visit foothill.edu/ theatre.
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In addition to the world-renowned Stanford Shopping Center (hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., stanfordshop.com), Palo Alto features a vibrant downtown shopping district (see parking, page 20); a quieter but popular shopping and restaurant district centered around California Avenue, just south of the Stanford campus; and Town & Country Village, a specialty center on El Camino Real across from Stanford Stadium. Visitors will find cafes and a wide variety of restaurants in all four shopping areas, as well as in the neighboring downtowns of Menlo Park, Los Altos and Mountain View. Downtown Palo Alto is crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, when restaurant reservations are advised and parking can be difficult. Many downtown retailers are open in the evenings to cater to the bar and restaurant crowd. California Avenue features a large number of good restaurants popular with local residents, as does Castro Street in Mountain View. Major grocery and drug stores are conveniently located. One of the biggest Safeway stores in the entire chain is located on El Camino Real in Menlo Park, less than a mile north of Palo Alto. Whole Foods has locations in downtown Palo Alto and just south of Palo Alto in Los Altos, and Mollie Stone’s operates a full-service market and deli on California Avenue. CVS Pharmacy has locations in Town & Country Village,
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stanford university The Stanford University campus is one of the largest and most beautiful in the country and deserves a visit regardless of the reason for your stay in the Palo Alto area.
Learn more about Stanford’s history, architecture, landmarks and art by downloading a Podcast Tour through iTunes. See “Self-Guided Tours” on the above website. If you are short on time, the formal and most dramatic entrance is from Palm Drive, which approaches the Oval, the Main Quad and Memorial Church from the east and downtown Palo Alto. The Quad is the academic center of the university, with the classrooms and offices of various departments located around the perimeter. The non-denominational Memorial Church (450 Serra Mall; 650-723-1762; web.stanford.edu/group/religiouslife/cgi-bin/wordpress/memorial-church/) is generally open each weekday. Visitors may explore the art and architecture Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Services, events and weddings can make access on weekends difficult, but a weekly ecumenical worship featuring choral and organ music is held each Sunday at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. For a great view of the entire campus and Palo Alto, take the elevator up to the top of 285-foot tall Hoover Tower, the university’s most visible landmark and just a short walk from the Quad. Admission to the tower observation deck (daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with some closures during academic breaks) is $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace (650-723-1754, hoover.org), at the corner of Serra and Galvez streets, offers free exhibits on President Herbert Hoover and his wife, Lou Henry Hoover, and various historical exhibits throughout the year in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, adjacent to Hoover Tower (Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Art and architecture Art lovers will find many great Stanford resources, but be sure and visit the Cantor Arts Center (see page 6)
Guided one-hour walking tours leave every day at 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. from the Stanford Visitor Center, 295 Galvez St. (at Campus Drive). Call 650-723-2560 for Visitor Information Services; or go to visit.stanford.edu.
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and the adjacent Rodin Sculpture Garden, with the largest collection of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. The Cantor, which offers free admission, is a popular cultural resource for the entire region. While on campus, check out the Stanford Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden (Santa Teresa Street, off Campus Drive West), near Roble Hall, or join an Outdoor Sculpture Walk, leaving from the Main Quad, near the top of the Oval, the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Architecture fans may try to visit Hanna House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, based on a hexagonal module. Reservations are required for tours offered on the first and third Sunday and the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Three tours are held each day, beginning at 11 a.m. Visitors must be 12 or older. Cost is $10 per person plus a $5 parking fee. Call 650-725-8352 or visit hannahousetours.stanford.edu. Sports Stanford’s intercollegiate athletic program has been consistently rated the best in the nation, and visitors can usually choose from multiple sports events to attend every weekend when school is in session. Stanford athletics venues are all located on the eastern side of the campus, a short walk from Town & Country Village at the corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road. For up-to-date information, see the Stanford Athletics website (gostanford.com), call 800-STANFORD (800-782-6367) or visit PA Sports Online (pasportsonline.com).
Parking Pay parking is available daily either in coin-metered spaces ($1.50 per hour, 2-hour limit) enforced from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or pay-and-display or pay-by-space lots. Machines at lots accept credit cards, cash or coins. Visitor day permits can be purchased for $12 at 340 Bonair Siding, Stanford (on weekdays, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). The two closest lots to 295 Galvez St., a starting point for campus tours, are on the corner of Galvez Street and Nelson Road, and Galvez Street and Memorial Way. Other lots are scattered around the periphery of campus. Call 650-723-9362 or visit transportation. stanford.edu. Arched arcades are a distinctive architectural detail on the Main Quad on Stanford campus.
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Stanford’s gateway website, stanford.edu, provides detailed information on the university and links to help visitors and prospective students.
EPISCOPAL All Saintsâ€™ Episcopal Church 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA 650-322-4528 Rev. Terry Gleeson, Rector Sun. 8:00am & 10:00am with Choir Established in 1892 www.asaints.org St. Bedeâ€™s Episcopal Church 2650 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park 650-854-6555 Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin, Rector Sun. 8am & 10:15am, Wed. 8am www.stbedesmenlopark.org LUTHERAN Los Altos Lutheran Church 460 S. El Monte Ave. (at Cuesta) Los Altos, CA 94022 2IĂ€FH RIĂ€FH#ORVDOWRVOXWKHUDQRUJ Rev. David Bonde, Pastor Sunday Worship 10:00 AM Childrenâ€™s Sunday School Monthly youth and family activities www.losaltoslutheran.org MULTI-FAITH / NONDENOMINATIONAL Stanford Memorial Church 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305 650-723-1762 The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, Dean, Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Rev. Joanne Sanders University Public Worship, Sun. 10am Compline Sun. 9 pm (academic year) Labyrinth, Fridays, 8am - 1pm religiouslife.stanford.edu REFORM SYNAGOGUE Congregation Beth Am 26790 Arastradero Road Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 650-493-4661 Rabbi: Janet Marder Service times vary: Generally, Fridays at 6:15pm; Saturdays at 10:15am. 9LVLWRXUZHEVLWHWRFRQĂ€UP www.betham.org ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Thomas Aquinas Parish The Catholic Community of Palo Alto 0LGGOHĂ€HOG5G3$ 650-494-2496 Rev. Matthew D. Stanley, Pastor St. Thomas Aquinas, 751 Waverley St. St. Albert the Great, 1095 Channing Ave. Our Lady of the Rosary, 3233 Cowper St. www.paloaltocatholic.org
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST First Congregational Church United Church of Christ 1985 Louis Rd., Palo Alto 650-856-6662 Rev. David Howell, Senior Pastor Rev. Eileen Altman, Associate Minister Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones, Assoc. Minister Sunday Worship & Church School 10am www.fccpa.org PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PC USA) 670 E. Meadow Dr. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650-494-1760 Rev. Dr. Margaret Boles Sunday Worship 10:30am Childrenâ€™s Sunday School 9:30am Youth Connection 12:30 Adult Education 12:30 www.covenantpresbyterian.net First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto (PC USA) 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto 94301 650-325-5659 The Rev. W. Robert Martin III Please check our website for Sunday schedule and much more. www.fprespa.org Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Multiple locations, see below 650-323-8600 Pastor: John Ortberg Service Times: See below Web Site: MPPC.org Menlo Park Campus: 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park Saturday Nights: 5pm Sundays: 8am, 9:30am, & 11am Sundays: 7pm Young Adults (18-35) ***** Menlo Park CafĂŠ Campus: 700B Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park Sundays: 9:32am & 11:05am ***** Mountain View Campus: 1667 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View Sundays: 9:30am, 11am & 5pm ***** San Mateo Campus: 4150 Piccadilly Lane, San Mateo (Near Mollie Stoneâ€™s) Sundays: 9:30am & 11am
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Immensely popular among locals and visitors, walkers and runners is the Stanford “Dish” loop (see page 8), a paved path winding through the Stanford foothills with tremendous views of the university, Palo Alto and the entire Peninsula. The Baylands Nature Preserve (see page 9), located at the end of Embarcadero Road, offers miles of flat walking trails that allow visitors to explore the area’s extensive wildlife habitat. A staffed visitor’s center has exhibits and a boardwalk extending into the bay and the nearby duck pond is a fun place for younger kids. The Pearson-Arastradero Preserve, in the foothills beyond Stanford, has a small unstaffed visitor’s center with exhibits and a network of easy trails ideal for one- to two-hour hikes. Casual walkers with an interest in history and architecture will enjoy one of several historical walks around Palo Alto residential neighborhoods that date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Historic preservation is a big part of Palo Alto’s culture, and historic home tours take place a number of times each year. Palo Alto Stanford Heritage offers selfguided tours through its website, pastheritage.org. Golfers will find Palo Alto’s popular full-length 18-hole, 6,800-yard Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course (1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto; 650-856-0881; cityofpaloalto.org), located next to the Baylands at the end
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The Palo Alto area offers recreational opportunities for almost every interest, from the casual walker to those looking for serious hiking, biking, golfing, tennis and other activities.
A walker at the Dish heads west on the trail.
of Embarcadero Road, both challenging and affordable. The facility includes a clubhouse, driving range, putting green and practice bunker. Those with a connection to Stanford (alumni or parents) are able to play (with some restrictions and at resort-level green fees) at the Stanford Golf Course (198 Junipero Serra Blvd., Stanford; 650-724-0944 for golf shop, 650-498-4461 for driving range; golfcourse.stanford.edu), a beautiful and long course that is operated by the university for faculty, students and private members who wait years to join. Mountain View’s Shoreline Links (2940 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; 650-903-4653; shorelinelinks.com), also located in the baylands, is another good option. Public tennis courts in Palo Alto are generally well maintained and easy to access. Those closest to hotels are the courts at Palo Alto High School (enter from 25 Churchill Ave.) and at Rinconada Park on Embarcadero Road at Newell Road. Both are lit at night. There are many courts on the Stanford campus, but you are expected to have a university affiliation. The Palo Alto area prides itself on accommodating and encouraging bike riding, and riders of all levels take advantage of nearby rural areas and hills. The most popular rides use Arastradero, Alpine, Portola and Sand Hill roads to create loops of different lengths. Skilled riders wanting to devote several hours or all day ride up to Skyline Boulevard and down to the coast and back. Mountain View’s Shoreline Lake, located in the baylands just south of Palo Alto (and interconnected with the Palo Alto Baylands via trails), offers sail, paddle and rowboat rentals, as well as a cafe, picnicking and walking trails.
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Both Palo Alto and Menlo Park offer lap-swimming through their municipal pools — Rinconada Pool (777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto; 650-463-4914; cityofpaloalto.org) and Burgess Memorial Pool (501 Laurel St., Menlo Park; 650-328-7946; menloswim.com). But if you’re up for stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing or renting pedalboats, rowboats, canoes or kayaks, the Shoreline Aquatic Center (Shoreline Lake, 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; 650-965-3779; shorelinelake.com) is the place to go. While Palo Alto is located between the Bay and foothills, the Pacific Ocean and the beach are only a 45-minute drive. The coast is often foggy and cold, however, especially in the summer, so your escape from the summer heat in Palo Alto may be more refreshing than you planned. If you want to mix together shopping, eating and beach walking, your best bet is to head for Half Moon Bay.
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Visit the Destination Palo Alto website for more information on local attractions, up-to-date events calendar, hotel and transit information, maps, complete restaurant listings and links to other online resources Sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Online, Palo Alto Weekly and the Silicon Valley/San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
While most visitors arrive by car, it is feasible to land at either San Francisco or San Jose airports, connect to nearby Caltrain stations in Millbrae and Santa Clara (via BART at SFO and shuttle bus at San Jose) and arrive at the downtown Palo Alto train station. From there, the Marguerite Shuttle provides service to various locations on the Stanford campus and to selected stops in Palo Alto. The Sheraton and Westin hotels are both located next to the train station. Airport van shuttle services regularly operate from both airports to Palo Alto and Stanford. Parking in Palo Alto Parking in most downtown Palo Alto lots is free for two hours (and parking garages for three hours) during weekdays and Saturdays, after which a car is not allowed to re-park in the same â€œcolor zoneâ€? the rest of the day. Day permits are available for downtown Palo Alto and the California Avenue business district. It can be dif-
Palo Alto and Stanford are served by a transportation network that includes the regional Caltrain system (800-660-4287; for hearing impaired TTY 650-5086448; caltrain.com), which operates frequent trains up and down the Peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose; the free Stanford Marguerite shuttle bus service (650-724-9339; transportation.stanford.edu/ marguerite/); the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus system (408-321-2300, vta.org); local taxis (Yellow Checker Cab Company, 408-777-7777 or 650-999-9999) and an extensive network of pedestrian and bike paths.
Bay Area Bike Share offers bicycles for rent at locations near the Palo Alto and California Avenue train stations.
ficult to find parking in the evening, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. A number of restaurants offer valet parking. For more information, visit cityofpaloalto.org and search for â€œparking.â€? Parking at Stanford See page 16.
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