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Things To Do

Make the Most of Your Day Off

It may be its epicenter, but Palo Alto is so much more than Silicon Valley. Manmade attractions and natural wonders exist side-by-side, affording tourists an unparalleled range of possibilities. Take a well-earned break and get to know this uncommon city.

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Winter

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.

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Spring

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.

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Summer

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

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Fall

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.

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    Get to Work

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Meet the Tree

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