Things to Do in Palo Alto

Explore Man-made Attractions and Natural Wonders

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. 

San Andreas Fault Trail

San Andreas Fault Trail is a 1.4 mile loop trail located near Los Altos, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Tesla Motors

Tesla, Inc., is an American automotive and energy company based in Palo Alto, California. The company specializes in electric car manufacturing and, through its SolarCity subsidiary, solar panel manufacturing.

Stanford Maples Pavillion

Maples Pavilion is a 7,392-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. 

Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center

2.5-acre plot encompassing herb & rose gardens, a historic home, a carriage house & a tearoom.

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

Stanford University

Stanford University, officially Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic achievements, wealth, close proximity to Silicon Valley, and selectivity; it ranks as one of the world's top universities.

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater located in Mountain View, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The venue has a capacity of 22,500, with 6,500 reserved seats and 16,000 general admission on the lawn.

Stanford Shopping Center

Stanford Shopping Center is an upscale open air shopping mall located on Route 82 at Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto, California.

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve is a 3,133-acre open space preserve, located near Palo Alto in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, California, United States. The preserve encompasses the upper Stevens Creek watershed in the valley between Monte Bello Ridge and Skyline Ridge. 

Stanford Stadium