At Silicon Valley, you’ll enjoy a unique vantage point from which to explore the sights, sounds, and experiences around downtown Palo Alto and the epicentre of innovation and technology.
Things to do in Palo Alto
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Located near some of the country’s finest wineries, Palo Alto is home to fine dining, high-end shopping and outdoor fun.
Things to Do in Palo Alto With Kids
The U.S. destination known for technological innovation is also a prime spot for family-friendly fun.
Must-See Attractions & Activities
Santa Cruz/Half Moon Bay
Santa Cruz is known for the natural beauty of its coastline and redwood forests, the University of Santa Cruz, as well as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park.
Among Monterey's notable present-day attractions are the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and the annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Also in Monterey County, Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for sprawling landscapes and a city-wide dog-friendliness, including admittance to hotels and other establishments.
Wine country is located just a short drive north of the San Francisco Bay Area. World famous wine growing regions include Napa Valley and Sonoma.
Lake Tahoe lies on the California-Nevada border at an elevation of 6,225 feet. The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe has a depth of 1,645 feet. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.
Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service of the Pacific coast, 12 miles north of San Francisco and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It protects 554 acres, 240 acres of which are old growth Coast Redwood.
The second-most densely populated city in the United States, San Francisco is renowned for an eclectic mix of architecture, landmarks (Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Chinatown) and for being a principal banking and finance center.
San Francisco 49ers @ Levis Stadium
The Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara is the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. Completion is set just in time for 2014 Football Season.
SF Giants @ AT&T Park
Home of the MLB's San Francisco Giants (2010 World Series Champions) since 2000. Originally designed to seat 42,000, record attendance has reached 44,046 spectators.
The Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena
The Oracle Area is home to The Golden State Warriors professional basketball team, part of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the NBA. There has been talk of the team intending to purchase land in San Francisco's Misison Bay to build a state-of-the-art sportts and entertainment center.
Established in 1891, the American private research university is the largest contiguous university campus in the US. More than 50 faculty and staff have won the Nobel Prize and the university has produced 107 Rhodes Scholars. Alumni have founded prominent companies such as Google, HP, Cisco, Nike, Gap, Yahoo!, and LinkedIn.
UC Berkeley, one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions, has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value since 1868. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural— make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California. The Santa Clara Mission is a campus landmark.
Stanford Shopping Center
This upscale open air shoppping mall is on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto. The mall includes four major department stores: Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Luxury retailers include Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Wilkes Bashford, Juicy Couture, and Michael Kors.
Santana Row offers a mix of high end and mid-tier retail tenants ranging from luxury brands like Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tourneau, to casual brands such as H&M and Urban Outfitters. The site was previously a Town and Country Village.
Union Square Shopping District
The popular shopping destination boasts six major department stores and several famous upscale boutiques. It is also home to the country's first Goyard boutique. There are more stores located inside the newly renovated Westfield San Francisco Centre just south of Union Square along Market Street.
Designed to resemble The Grateful Dead's "steal your face" image, Shoreline Amphitheatre, located in Mountain View, is the Bay Area's music hotspot. The total capacity of the venue can reach over 30,000 with both reserved seating and general admission on the lawn.
Home to the San Jose Sharks, the arena is also the ideal venue for concerts and family-friendly shows. The arena seats up to 20,000 fans and is centrally located in San Jose.
Wine production at the Mountain Winery, which focused on sparkling wines, began in 1901. Wine making ceased in 1952 and the concert series began in 1958. New vineyards were planted in 2004 and presently concerts and wine-making work in tandem.
Cantor Arts Center
Formerly the Stanford University Museum of Art, this museum houses over 400 sculptures, including those displayed throughout the Stanford University campus. It is the largest collection of Auguste Rodin.
Computer History Museum
Established in 1996, the museum is dedicated to preserving the artifacts of the information age and exploring the computer revolution throughout history, as well as highlighting its impact on our lives.
True to its name, the Tech Museum explores technology through four major theme galleries: communication, exploration, innovation and life tech. Each gallery is constantly being renovated to keep the exhibits current.
Bursting with blooming wildlife and horizons that are soft on the eyes, Filoli Estate is a timeless site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Filoli presently runs a variety of projects and programs for the benefit of the community and its members.
Depicting Italian Victorian architecture style, the Rengstorff House was one of the first built in Mountain View. The house and English gardens are open for guided tours.
HP Garage has been coined the Birthplace of Silicon Valley, which is why in 2004, HP made plans to preserve the site for future generations. The project turned back the clock to 1939, when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard established their now legendary partnership. Not open to tours, the garage may be viewed and photographed from the sidewalk.