Where to go and where to stay
in Palo Alto.
Palo Alto is served by two major freeways, Highway 101 and Interstate
280, and is traversed by the Peninsulas main north-south boulevard, El Camino Real
Train connection is available via Caltrain with service to San Francisco and San Jose.
Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San
Jose, Palo Alto is a part of the San
Francisco Metropolitan Bay Area and the Silicon Valley.
Museum of American Heritage:
Located in the historic Williams House and Gardens near downtown Palo Alto, MOAH aims to
create innovators of the future through inventions of the past.
Palo Alto Airport:
Used mainly by daily commuters who fly (usually in private, single-engined aircraft) from
their homes in the Central Valley to work in the Palo Alto area. No touch and go
operations between 21:00 and 07:00 local time.
Palo Alto History Project:
A collection of notes and photographs on the history of Palo Alto, California.
Santa Clara Valley
Provides primary bus service through Palo Alto, to the south bay and Silicon Valley.
Hotels in Palo Alto:
There's a wide choice of places to stay along Palo Alto's El
The Cardinal Hotel:
Built in 1924, the Cardinal Hotel was Palo Alto's premiere hotel.
Retaining the grace and serenity of days past, the gracious lobby still
provides a delightful glimpse of Old Palo Alto.
At the Intel Museum, visitors are immersed in the micro-miniature world of computer chips
as they learn how they are designed, manufactured and placed into thousands of products in
our everyday world. The Intel Museum has 3,500 square feet of interactive exhibits that
appeal to both children and adults. It is designed as a self-guided experience, but guided
tours may be arranged in advance for groups. Located in the Robert Noyce Building at 2200
Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara.
Alto Festival of the Arts:
This community-friendly, high-art event in late August attracts over 100,000 people every
year from throughout the West Coast. The Palo Alto Arts Festival takes place on tree-lined
University Avenue, in beautiful downtown Palo Alto; 35 miles south of San Francisco. The
backbone of the festival and the key to its success are the 300 fine artists and crafters
who display booths along University Ave. Special attractions include a kids' art &
crafts area, three major music venues, and the Italian Street Painting Expo. Local
micro-brews and fine wines are offered to accompany the many gourmet foods being served.
Free parking is within a block or two of the festival.
Palo Alto Players:
The Peninsula's oldest theatre company, the Palo Alto Players, has been producing quality
live theatre in Palo Alto since 1931. Based at the Lucie Stern Theater, built in 1933, the
Palo Alto Players produces a season of comedies, dramas, classics and musicals from
September to June. Palo Alto Players walk-up box office is also open one hour before
showtime at the Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd. in Palo Alto. To order tickets
by phone, call (650) 329-0891.
Experience the exhilarating rides and hair-raising roller coasters at Northern
California's most thrilling theme park. Paramount's Great America offers fun and exciting
rides, shows, concerts, characters, and beautiful sights above the park on Eagles Flight.
From heart-pounding thrill ride and dazzling stage shows to eye-popping fireworks or a
cuddle with your favourite Nickelodeon characters, Paramount's Great America is the
ultimate entertainment experience for the entire family. Located at 4701 Great America
Pkwy, Santa Clara.
Experience the country's largest outdoor concert venue, featuring top music artists and
concerts, plus the latest technical and visual sound systems. Shoreline's featured artists
are showcased in an award-winning, state-of-the-art concert facility which delivers an
amazing sonic experience. Shoreline also features unique craft booths, eclectic foods,
cold beverages and a friendly staff. Located in Mountain View, 10 miles north of San Jose
and 35 miles south of San Francisco.
Contributed by Stephanie Wansek.
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