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Explore Great Things to Do in Palo Alto, CA

It may be considered its epicenter, but Palo Alto is so much more than Silicon Valley. Man-made attractions and natural wonders exist side-by-side, affording tourists an unparalleled range of things to do. Take a well-earned break and get to know this uncommon city as only guests of The Nest Palo Alto can. When it comes to nearby things to do, you’ll find four seasons worth of possibilities. 

Get to Work

Business is better in the Valley. With Facebook, Google, Apple, and HP all based minutes away, Palo Alto's corporate pedigree belies its modest size. 

Good Eats

From Evvia's upscale Mediterranean to Zareen's counter-served Indian, Joya's Spanish tapas to Sushirrito's modern Japanese, Palo Alto's cuisine is as diverse as the state it calls home.  

Treat Yourself

Anchored by the posh Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto is also home to the Midtown, Charleston, and Edgewood Shopping Centers, offering chic options for all budgets. 

Visit Stanford University

Wander Stanford University’s Main Quad, saunter through sculpture gardens, and take in your surroundings at one of the world’s top three schools. 


Satisfy your inner child at the Holiday LEGO Extravaganza, watch big-wave surfers brave the Mavericks, and head to Mountain View for the German Holiday Market. 


Take a drive to admire the Pacific at Gray Whale Cove, complete the Stanford Dish hike, and scale Hoover Tower on a clear day for a panoramic view of the Bay Area. 


Groove along at the Stanford Jazz Festival, tour the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts and appreciate Japanese culture at the Obon Festival. 


Root on the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium, score souvenirs at the Harvest Festival and tour a salt marsh at the nearby Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge