Our first stop is the epicenter of Silicon Valley:
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
Stanford Memorial Church
Steve Jobs’ Grave
And this second important article: article in the Mercury News
Discover Google (Mountain View)
Googleplex central campus 1900 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043. From the center of Palo Alto that is a 15 minute drive.
Search engine Internet giant, Google, was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and in February of 1999 moved into office space at 165 University avenue with 11 employees. Later that year, Google moved to Mountain View as space became an issue for expansion plans. Source
Facebook (in Menlo Park)
Note: The original The Facebook Inc headquarters were located at 471 Emerson Street in Palo Alto In 2004, when Facebook was then known as thefacebook.com, they leased space at 156 University Avenue , in Downtown Palo Alto. Then in Feb 2005, Facebook leased 471 Emerson at the corner of Emerson and University Avenue. In December 2011, Facebook was spread out across about a dozen locations downtown, including the Magnolia Hi-Fi building and a small office space at 101 University and 1601 California Avenue . At the end of 2011, Facebook completed their move to Menlo Park. Adapted from LifeWithFive.com
Esther Clark Nature Preserve
Stanford Dish Hiking Trail
Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve
Bounded by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats. It is an important habitat for migratory shorebirds and is considered one of the best birdwatching spots on the West Coast. (Best to drive HERE at TERMINAL BLVD in Mountain View to park and start your walk).
See: Baylands Official Website | Area map with BIRD HOTSPOTS (places in the preserve where certain kinds of birds – see also: Bird Species / Taxonomic List – are more likely to be seen ). And see: A second, very detailed map
Note: Open hours are generally from 8:00 a.m. to a specific time based on sunset. Closing times are posted at the entrance gates to all preserves. Details: Open Space Hours
Related: Rules and Regulations
Further reading: History of Baylands Nature Preserve
Official name: Enid W. Pearson Arastradero Preserve is a wonderful place to un-plug in Silicon Valley! It offers a mixture of rolling savanna grassland and evergreen forest views. Wildlife abounds on the preserve and it is not uncommon to see deer, bobcats, coyotes, and many varieties of birds. Each area of the preserve has something different to offer, whether it is a view of the bay, a quiet walk through the grasslands, or a snooze by the lake. (Arastradero Lake is a twenty minute hike from the parking lot and is open all year to fishing. All California Fish and Game rules apply. Boats, flotation devices, and swimming are not permitted). The trails take one from an elevation of 275 feet in the northeast to 775 feet in the southwest. See trail map | Pearson-Arastradero Preserve Seasonal Trail Status | Official Information | Rules and Regulations
Address: 1530 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304 | Google Plus Code: 9RPG+RF Palo Alto, California
Mountain Lion Habitat Warning! Foothills Park, the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve, and the surrounding area are habitats for the California mountain lion. See: cityofpaloalto.org on what to do if you encounter a mountain lion!
Palo Alto Foothills Park
Los Trancos Open Space Preserve
Esther Clark Nature Preserve
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
PALO ALTO TOURISM INFORMATION IS DIVIDED INTO 4 MAIN PARTS ACROSS 3 PAGES:
- Lots of videos and street views (this page that you are on now)
- Palo Alto History | Palo Alto as seen by a resident
- Non sponsored review for the best hotels and restaurants