"Upscale University Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Palo Alto by Rixie

Palo Alto Travel Guide: 104 reviews and 256 photos

Palo Alto is about half an hour's drive south of San Francisco. As you can see from this photo, it's a mixture of old, established neighborhoods and new business districts. It is probably best known as the site of Stanford University.

This community garden is tucked away in a corner of a park in Palo Alto. Gardeners pay a fee to cultivate a plot, and I'm told that there is a waiting list for this particular garden.

The Sheraton Palo Alto (see hotel tip) has some lovely koi in a pond.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting walks
  • Cons:Expensive to stay there
  • In a nutshell:Fun place to explore
  • Intro Updated Nov 16, 2003
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  • melosh's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2008 at 7:31 AM

    I think you missed the essence of Palo Alto: Stanford, high tech industry, upper class intelligence, rich public schools, high class restaurants with SF chefs, money, money, money. It is a different world then most of us know.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2008 at 6:57 AM

    University towns are always interesting and fun.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2006 at 7:44 AM

    nice, but still no match for doncaster on a tuesday night in november

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2004 at 11:52 PM

    Hi Rixie - I'll keep this in mind next time I'm in Palo Alto. Were you always a fiver for this location? Maybe I'm just more aware, now that I finally got my five!

  • pmarshuk's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2004 at 9:03 AM

    My main memory of Palo Alto is the fantastic restaurants. Fortunately I was on expenses while I was there because they were also very expensive.


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