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Welcome to Palo Alto

Discover the best of Palo Alto, California, a vibrant city known for its proximity to Stanford University, innovative tech scene, and charming neighborhoods. Whether you're here to explore top attractions, indulge in culinary delights, or find the perfect place to stay, our comprehensive guide has you covered.

Whether you're visiting for business, pleasure, or to attend a conference or event at Stanford University, you'll quickly discover the unique blend of intellect, innovation, culture, and natural beauty that defines Palo Alto and the Midpeninsula.

Palo Alto is home to Nobel Prize winners, Silicon Valley CEOs, venture capital firms, Hewlett-Packard, and one of the world's most renowned universities and medical centers. Originally a tranquil college town, Palo Alto's transformation began in the 1970s when Stanford University emerged as the nation’s leading high-technology research center. This sparked the birth of Silicon Valley, attracting engineers and dreamers from around the globe.

Stanford University's beautiful campus is the biggest attraction, and visitors can easily spend a day or more exploring its stunning grounds. Don't miss a stroll or drive through Palo Alto's tree-lined residential neighborhoods, known for being among the most expensive in the nation. Enjoy a walk in the foothills or Baylands, and experience fantastic shopping and dining in nearby business districts, including Menlo Park and Mountain View.

For more places to visit, explore our Attractions section, check out our Top Ten Picks list, or see the Best of Palo Alto. Additionally, you can download the biannual Visitors Guide, with related information to the site.

Enjoy your visit!