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Welcome! This is a unique guide by a resident. Discover sights, culture, shopping and more Palo Alto tourist information in a non-commercial guide by Ardan Michael Blum, Palo Altan, and CEO at A. Blum Localization Services.

AREA MAP OF PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA:

 See: neighborhood maps



ABOUT THE CITY OF PALO ALTO

Palo Alto  is a large area with seven zip codes  and THREE train stations (the main station known as "Palo Alto", California Avenue and on game days the "Stanford" stop).  The City of Palo Alto is located in Santa Clara county. It is about 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose. Palo Alto is a charming mix of old and new.

Palo Alto’s earliest recorded history dates from 1769 when  Gaspar de Portolá  noted an Ohlone settlement.  The name is derived from Spanish for "stick", and colloquially for "tree" which is combined with "alto" for "tall"; giving the meaning: "tall tree" ~ See: "El Palo Alto: Rooted in History".

The establishment of Stanford University  in 1885 made Palo Alto home to one of the world’s leading places of learning.

First people came to Northern California for gold (in 1848/49), then they came for a different metal a hundred years later! From the Hewlett-Packard Garage to Fairchild Semiconductors (in San Jose) came about the birth of "Silicon Valley". Today this region stretches across the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. This region that includes, among other noted firms, the headquarters for Google, Intel, Cisco Systems, Adobe, Nvidia, AMD, LinkedIn, eBay, Palantir Technologies, Oracle, Facebook, and Apple! For a full list of companies based in Silicon Valley see this link. Tech goes hand in hand with venture capital firms! See:  "The First Trillion-Dollar Startup". Palo Alto is ranked as  being part of the 10 best places to live in America. You may wish to see the series "Silicon Valley " from PBS and the portal: San Francisco Bay Area (on Wikipedia). As of the 2010 census, the city’s total resident population is 64,403. About 39.000 people come into the town daily for work-related reasons. More demographics: City of Palo Alto Population estimates, July 1, 2018 and  Demographic and Housing Estimates.



PALO ALTO HOTEL AND RESTAURANT REVIEW

THE BEST HOTEL IN TOWN IS ...

THE CARDINAL HOTEL

Located  at 235 Hamilton Ave is a great stop. It is a 2 star hotel with a cozy 1920s design in the heart of downtown. The reviews on Google are 4.1 currently out of 146 ratings (which for a two star is really quite good! It has a 4/5 on Trip Advisor (09/25/19) for 384 reviews and is listed with 9/10 on Booking.com with 244 reviews. The key here is not too expensive, clean, old-time charm and location. Visit their site: cardinalhotel.com It has on the ground floor a charming and good Italian restaurant and if needed a very good men's barber shop run by ever friendly Gerardo.


THE SECOND BEST HOTEL IN TOWN:

THE CROWN PLAZA

This 4 star hotel has generally good prices (for the area) with nice pool, and good location to access both Mountain View and Palo Alto. It has (09/25/19) a very good 4.2  from 1, 144 reviews on Google. 4/5  with Trip Advisor from 715 trip advisor users and 8.3/10 from 274 reviews on Booking.com The hotel has a few very nice touches. One of these is a self service little shop for snacks, and another is a game room. Sound-wise it is quite far from the train tracks and not directly on El Camino. Visit their site: ihg.com Address: 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 | Phone:(650) 857-0787


THE BEST RESTAURANT IN PALO ALTO:

THE PALO ALTO CREAMERY

At 566 Emerson Street you will find this charming retro diner with good milkshakes and great classic American food! It has a really good side bakery (with take-out options for cakes. See details on their site


PALO ALTO HOTEL AND RESTAURANT REVIEWS ARE BASED ON COST, LOCATION, SERVICE, DECOR, AND CHARM COMBINED. THERE IS NO PARTNERSHIP OR SPONSORING TAKING PLACE.

YOU MAY WISH TO SEE FURTHER HOTEL AND RESTAURANT INFORMATION IN A GOOGLE-MADE GUIDE: HERE



LOCAL HISTORIC RESOURCES

Content adapted from www.cityofpaloalto.org



PALO ALTO TOURISM SIGHTS
INCLUDES STANFORD AND AREA SIGHTS TO VISIT ...

Start with a fun shopping trip at the Town and Country shopping center on 855 El Camino Real:

The other large outdoor mall is the really lovely Stanford Shopping Center.

It is about a mile away from the Town & Country Village:

The Hewlett-Packard House and Garage is located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. This garage is the birthplace of Silicon Valley. The idea for such a region originated with  Dr. Frederick Terman, a Stanford University professor who encouraged his students to start up their own electronics companies in the area instead of joining established firms in the east. The first students to follow his advice were William R. Hewlett and David Packard, who in 1938 began developing their first products.


Stanford’s Palm Drive

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 along with the university, the historic museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors  Iris and B. Gerald Cantor . The Cantor’s encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes more than 44,000 artworks and beckons visitors to travel around the world and through time: from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical to contemporary.

With 24 galleries presenting selections from the collection and more than 20 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor serves Stanford’s academic community, draws art lovers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and attracts campus visitors from around the world.

Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities plus changing exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and a great resource for teaching and research on campus. The Cantor is also famous for its outdoor sculpture, including the Rodin Sculpture Garden, modern and contemporary art across campus, and the  Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

Cantor Arts Center Lomita Drive at Museum Way Stanford, CA 94305-5060 CANTOR OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK Wednesday–Monday Thursday Closed Tuesday 11 am–5 pm 11 am–8 pm 11 am–5 pm Admission is free of charge Photography is allowed in the Center as long as the images are for personal, non-commercial use and works shown are part of the Cantor Arts Center’s collection. Photography of special exhibitions and of works on loan is restricted. Consult with the Visitor Service volunteer upon arrival to learn where you can photograph. Tripods cannot be used inside, but flash is OK. No wedding photography is allowed. You can find photography guidelines at  http://museum.stanford.edu/visit/Photography_Policy.html The Cantor Arts Center respects the intellectual property rights of others and we ask that you do the same. You can learn more at  http://fairuse.stanford.edu/internet-resources/ Public Transit Accessible by numerous public transportation agencies including Caltrain, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency, SamTrans, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Altamont Commuter Express, Dumbarton Express, and the East Bay Express. The Stanford Marguerite, a free weekday shuttle system, picks up and delivers passengers to and from nearby public transportation stations and university locations, including the Cantor Arts Center, Rodin Sculpture Garden, and beyond. If you would like to know more about the Marguerite shuttle, please contact the Transportation Office at 650-723-9362 or visit the Transportation Office Web site at  http://transportation.stanford.edu

Hanna–Honeycomb House

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Designed House

Stanford Memorial Church

Stanford Memorial Website

Steve Jobs’ Grave

Cult of Mac – About the Grave

And this second important article:  article in the Mercury News

More: PART II <<


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