Local Attractions

Stanford University is located midway between some of the most traveled, interesting, and beautiful sights and cities in the country. Enjoy the long weekend after your week of learning and motivation with a trip to some of the many attractions just a short distance away. If this is your first time in the area, you'll probably want to head north to the Golden Gate Bridge.  Come back next year and go South to see Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur.  There is also plenty to do right here on campus.

Enjoy Stanford University Highlights

Stanford University is located in the heart of Palo Alto where the sun almost always shines. Play basketballs or volleyball on courts that are right outside our dorms. Rent a bike at the shop directly across from the Braun Music Center and enjoy a self guided tour of the picturesque campus and surrounding hiking and biking trails. Explore the famous Rodin Sculpture Garden, the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, or swim at one of the recreational pools at the Avery Aquatic Center. 

Local Palo Alto Attractions

Palo Alto, the home of Stanford, has plenty of activities of its own.  Enjoy a large variety of shopping options, from downtown stores to the American Girl store, and many restaurants of every cuisine. Besides the nearby preserves full of beautiful hiking trails, you can also explore the Junior Museum and Zoo, Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, or Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. 

San Francisco is so close...

Only 37 miles away.

San Francisco has too many attractions to list, but needless to say, it is one of the most popular travel destinations in the country.  Just north of San Francisco, across the golden gate bridge are the Marin Headlands and Muir Woods filled with towering redwood trees and many other must-see sights.  Stay over in San Francisco after the conclusion of the institute and explore all the city has to offer.

Silicon Valley

Birthplace of modern computing

San Jose and Silicon Valley offer many educational activities such as the Tech Museum of Innovation and the Children's Discovery Museum.   

California Coastline

Beaches, hiking and wildlife

The Bay Area has many outdoor and coastal areas to be explored.  Monterey and its fun Monterey Aquarium are just 90 minutes away. Just 5 and 1/2 miles south of Monterey is the famous town of Carmel-by-the-Sea with its beaches, restaurants, and high end shopping. Continuing south on iconic route one and you'll be driving the coast highway in the spectacular Big Sur

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