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Palo Alto is a busy little town that is home to Stanford University and the birthplace of Hewlett Packard. Between the huge cities of San Jose and San Francisco, Palo Alto offers visitors a small-town version of its larger neighboring cities.

During our visit, we stuck mainly to the University Avenue area, which is where the majority of the town's nightlife, restaurants, and historic sites are clustered. My favorite stop was Stanford University, but I also enjoyed some of the small parks around town like Water Tower Park and Palo Alto Park.

The town's earliest European history dates from 1769 when Gaspar de PortolĂ  visited the area in his search for Monterey Bay. Stanford University was established in 1887, and the founnder also created the town of Palo Alto next to the older town of Mayfield; they were merged into today's Palo Alto in 1925.

Around the time of WWII, Palo Alto became a key city in the high-tech area known as Silicon Valley. Hewlett Packard was created by two Stanford grads in 1939, and in 1951 Stanford Industrial Park, the world's first technology-focused office park, was created. Eastman Kodak, General Electric, and Lockheed have all had major operations here. Today Palo Alto is still a major technology hub and companies such as Facebook, Photobucket, Hewlett-Packard, Genencor and others still call Stanford home.

  • Last visit to Palo Alto: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated May 17, 2009
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    I ditto what SteveOSF says. Some wonderful historical content here. Love seeing it inclueded in the travel page. Oh the Sheraton pool looks so inviting. Nice page!

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Excellent page on Palo Alto with nice historical context. You provided very thorough and well written tips.


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