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Palo Alto, California

In Spanish, the literal translation is "Tall Stick".  There is a tall landmark Redwood tree named El Palo Alto, which still grows on the east bank of San Francisquito Creek across from Menlo Park. This is the tree from which city of Palo Alto got its name.

Stanford ShopsThe flowers of Stanford Shopping Center

Stanford University is here, as are headquarters of a number of Silicon Valley high-technology companies.  A city of approximately 65,000 residents, Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford when he established Stanford University, following the death of his son Leland Stanford Jr. on March 13, 1884. Perhaps not coincidentally, the residents here are among the most educated in the country.

Not unlike much of California, the climate supplies countless reasons to like Palo Alto.  It is a Mediterranean Climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Often, as the sun sets, the fog flows over the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains to the west and covers the night sky, creating a blanket that helps trap the summer warmth absorbed during the day.

But there is so much more to enjoy about Palo Alto.  There are numerous places at which to enjoy the best of shopping -- either in the vibrant downtown shopping district or at Stanford Shopping Center -- the best in dining, excellent accommodations for every type of traveler and much more.  Whether you want to sample the nightlife, the daytime or just take a walk in the foothills or along the Baylands, Palo Alto has plenty of California's best to offer!

Tastes and Tours of Palo Alto

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hanna "Honeycomb" House

Wright's Hanna HouseFrom the moment I first turned the corner and saw the sprawling, reddish house up on the hillside, there was no doubt it could only have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Read more

Fleming's Steakhouse Review

Wright's Hanna HouseI know... it was supposed to be just a couple of appetizers before dinner at my sister's house. but I have to tell you, if the descriptions made me want to try those things, tasting them made me... Read more


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