Palo Alto and the Local Area

The Stanford Park Hotel's location provides immediate access to a wide variety of attractions to explore during a stay here from Palo Alto to Stanford and beyond.  Whether your travel itinerary includes a visit to Stanford University or you want to discover stunning gardens, world-class shopping, or stroll the quaint tree-lined streets of downtown Palo Alto, all are nearby and highly recommended.

Stanford University

Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's foremost research and teaching institutions. We can arrange a guided tour of the campus  to view historic architecture dating back to 1891 and to experience its storied history. The Stanford campus offers a wealth of sightseeing opportunities including:

  • Memorial Church and the Stanford Quad
  • Palm Drive and the Oval
  • Hoover Tower Observation Platform
  • The Stanford Cardinal Athletic Facilities and Hall of Fame

Stanford Shopping Center

The Stanford Shopping Center is the San Francisco Bay Area's premier shopping and dining experience. Discover Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Macy's, plus 140 other world-class stores, restaurants, and services. One of the few open-air shopping centers in the U.S., Stanford Shopping Center features spectacular, award-winning gardens, picturesque sculptures by California artists, and a free summer jazz concert series.

Palo Alto’s University Avenue

Downtown Palo Alto, a walk or short drive from our hotel, offers unique shopping, top-rated restaurants and nightlife. A stroll down the avenue might include perusing through a book store, sipping coffee in a cafe or catching a film in a quaint movie theatre.

Menlo Park

Menlo Park is a quiet, yet vibrant town of pleasant, tree-lined streets. Enjoy shops, galleries, coffee shops, and candy purveyors in the downtown area, which is a walk or short drive from the hotel.  The town actually grew up around a train station built in 1867 that continues to operate and includes the original building.

El Palo Alto Tree

El Palo Alto means the tall tree in Spanish. The tree is California Historical Landmark number two, and is just behind the hotel. It is recognized by the National Arborist Association and International Society of Arboriculture for its historical significance as "a campsite for the Portola Expedition Party of 1769," being frequented by the Ohlone Indians and for its use as a sighting tree by surveyors plotting out El Camino Real. The tree is depicted on the city of Palo Alto's official seal and is more famously seen on the seal of Stanford University. It is presumably the origin of the city's name.

Allied Arts Guild

Allied Arts Guild is a beautiful and historic garden oasis, home to publicly viewable artist’s studios. Since 1929, Allied Arts Guild has provided an inspiring environment for working artists, beautiful gardens and shops for visitors.  It is a short walk or drive from the hotel.

For more information, please call (650) 322-2405, or we are happy to assist you.

Filoli Gardens

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Woodside, California, the Filoli Gardens are an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and English country architecture. Filoli Gardens was built for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, prominent San Franciscans whose chief source of wealth was the Empire Mine, a hard-rock gold mine in Grass Valley, California.

For more information, please call (650) 364-8300, or we are happy to assist you.

Sunset Magazine and Gardens

Sunset Magazine’s headquarters sits upon land that was originally part of a grant to Don José Arguello, governor of Spanish California in 1815. The early California-style buildings that house their headquarters reflect that influence. They were designed by Cliff May, father of the California ranch-style home, to bridge indoor and outdoor living spaces. The main building opened in 1952. Self-guided tours are offered year-round.

For more information, please call (650) 321-3600, or we are happy to assist you.