With our guest rooms as comfortable as they are, we still encourage our guests to go off and explore the Palo Alto area. We understand the pleasantries of staying indoors all day but we wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of the things to do near Stanford. Our front desk would always be more than happy to inform you about local attractions, however here are a few popular areas you and your party may be interested in.
Some travelers thrive on wineries and enjoy wine tastings everywhere they travel, but if this is something that you have never done it comes highly recommended. It’s great for groups, young adults and older families. You are in the middle of wine country so take advantage of this excellent opportunity just minutes away from our hotel!
Explore the Mysteries of Alcatraz Island for Yourself
Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.
One of the many outlets to gain some culture in Palo Alto would be to visit one of the most famous museums in California. The Tech Museum is just a quick trip to San Jose away! Enjoy learning and viewing artifacts that will prompt your curiosity for arts and sciences.
Allied Arts Guild
Come to Menlo Park to enjoy Mother Nature’s finest creation. Whether you are “the outdoorsy type” or just enjoy good scenery, Allied Arts Guild will blow you away. This garden oasis has been used for decades as an inspiration site for artists, for weddings, and even therapy. Come enjoy a site that may single-handedly make your trip.
The Computer History Museum
Enjoy some interesting education that is fun for any young professional, family, and even children. Computers have grown to be a centerpiece for almost all of our lives, so come learn about the history and future of computer technology.
Winchester Mystery House
Need we say more? Come visit this one of a kind mansion to take a tour of the most bizarre house you’ve ever visited. Find out why T.V shows, books and movies base stories off this unique piece of property.
Stanford Research Park
Stanford Research Park was the first park to ever have a correlation with technology. This 700 acre piece of property is home to over 100 companies conducting the latest research in technology on one of the world’s most renowned universities. It is open to the public and visitors often come appreciate the work being done.
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource.
Shoreline Lake and Aquatic Center
Take respite from the Silicon Valley and enjoy the beautiful 50 acre Shoreline Lake in Mountain View and go off sailing, windsurfing or kayaking for the day. The bistro-style Shoreline Cafe will feed your appetite with tasty menu options including a beer and wine list only to fuel you for your next adventure to a hiking or biking trail nearby.
Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View has become an ideal venue for festivals, concerts, comedy shows and other types of gatherings.
The Mystery Spot
Our favorite is the Mystery Spot which is a gravitational anomaly located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz. An phenomenal experience you will remember for the rest of your life!
California’s Great America
Bay Area’s most exciting theme park is only 10 miles away! Thrill and family rides, live entertainment, KidZville, special events, and much more fun awaits you in Santa Clara.
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
The Cantor Arts Center’s diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. Come see a wide range of changing exhibitions and take advantage of docent tours, lectures, gallery talks, symposia, classes, and special events.