Founded in 1885 by Leland Stanford, Stanford University is one of the nation’s top universities with an emphasis on research and technology. The large campus features many sights for tourists such as the Memorial Church, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Hoover Tower and the Stanford Dish.
Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, USA, +1 650 723 2300
Cantor Arts Center
The Cantor Arts Center was found along with Stanford University by Leland Stanford. The museum contains collections featuring 5000 years of art history. It is open Wednesday through Monday from 11 AM to 5 PM and admission is free.
The Stanford Shopping Center
The Stanford Shopping Center is an exclusive shopping arena with stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom. The open-air shopping and dining destination also features restaurants like P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, The Melt and California Pizza Kitchen. The mall is open seven days a week from 10 AM-9 PM on weekdays, 10 AM-7 PM on Saturdays and 11 AM-6 PM on Sundays.
The Stanford Theatre
The Stanford Theatre first opened in 1925 and has served as Palo Alto’s vintage movie house for decades. The theatre strives to bring back Hollywood’s Golden Age on the big screen. More information on movie schedules and themes are available on their website.
The Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA, USA, +1 650 324 3700
Baylands Nature Preserve
The Baylands Nature Preserve is a 1,940-acre natural marshland in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visitors enjoy walking, running or biking on the 15-mile trail stretching across the park. The preserve also features a substantial amount of birds.
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden was previously the residence of the Gamble family. Upon Elizabeth’s death, the last Gamble family member, the estate was leased out by the city of Palo Alto. The 2.5-acre property includes gardens, a historic house, carriage house and tea house.
By Sucheta Shahane