About the City of Palo Alto | Hotel and Restaurant Review | Historic Resources | Sights, Culture, & Shopping
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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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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
And this second important article: article in the Mercury News
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