Explore Palo Alto

The Birthplace of Silicon Valley

The City of Palo Alto is one of the most recognizable cities in Silicon Valley, located 35 miles south of San Francisco. The blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defines Palo Alto’s unique character. Most notably, the city is home to the world-famous Stanford University,  which cultural and educational offerings add to the vibrancy, innate charm and beauty of Palo Alto.

Downtown Palo Alto features 800 retail and professional businesses and plenty of parking, making it a regional draw offering unique shopping, top restaurants, and nightlife. We recommend exploring University Avenue and its surrounding streets, as well as the Stanford Shopping Center, an upscale, open-air shopping mall featuring numerous retailers.

Furthermore, Palo Alto is also headquarters to a number of high-tech companies such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Tesla, VMware, Skype, Houzz, among others. In addition, the city has also served as an incubator to several other companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and more.

When visiting Palo Alto, be sure to check out things to do and attractions in the beautiful surrounding areas of Menlo Park, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Redwood City, and Woodside.



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