Due to its location in the center of both Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, Palo Alto is the home of several high-tech company headquarters, world-class culture and natural attractions. Find out what to do, where to stay and how to get to Palo Alto.
Tech enthusiasts won't want to miss the Hewlett-Packard House and Garage, which is celebrated as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, or the Museum of American Heritage, where visitors can see centuries of inventions and technological breakthroughs. For Palo Alto's best contemporary art, be sure to visit the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. To experience the best examples of natural beauty in the Palo Alto area, plan an afternoon hiking through the Arastradero Preserve or biking through the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.
You'll find several fantastic hotel options in and around Palo Alto. Full-service hotels packed with amenities for business travelers are located just minutes from the city center. On the southern edge of the city, near Silicon Valley's many corporate headquarters, you'll find both extended-stay and budget-friendly hotel options.
To get to Palo Alto, plan to fly into the Palo Alto Airport, conveniently located about five minutes east of the city. Just 15 minutes southeast of Palo Alto, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is a much larger facility with more daily flight options. If you'd rather drive to Palo Alto, set your sights on Silicon Valley, where the city is perched on San Francisco Bay just off U.S. Highway 101.