Palo Alto is located in Santa Clara County, about 47 km south of San Francisco on US Hwy 101.
58,598 (2000), 66,777 (2018), 64,403 (2010)
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The Spanish name means "high tree" and can be traced back to a hundred-year-old Redwoodtree (the Spaniards called it "palocolorade"), under which Spanish Governor Portola, with his expedition in 1769, stored when they were looking for the San Francisco Bay. This high Redwood is still standing at the Palo Alto Avenue and Camino Real on San Francisquito Creek. A century later, Governor Leland Stanford revived the name by naming his 8,100 acre ranch (where Stanford University is now), Palo Alto. This name was also used when the city was founded in 1892. A year later, a Southern Pacific Railroad train station was built here. By taking up other districts, the city extended to San Francisco Bay. The part reaching the Santa Cruz Mountains was deliberately not built.
The Stanford Memorial Chapel contains beautiful mosaics from Italy. The Leland Stanford Jr. Museum shows in its considerable collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiques as well as the gold rail nail used in 1869 to link the first railway across the continent. The Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery is known for its large paintings and the Hoover Library on War, Revolution and Peace, where documents about war and peace are shown. From the 285-foot high Hoover Tower, the bell game is heard, a gift from Belgium for the liberation of Herbert Hoover after World War I.
Especially thanks to the university, Palo Alto has become an important location for the American electronics industry. Many small companies were founded by graduates of the university. The largest company in this area is Hewlett-Packard. The company premises include such a large area that it is as large as a city with 25 parking spaces, a large swimming pool and an urban golf course.
The closest airports are San Francisco (IATA code: SFO) and San José (IATA code: SJC). You can travel by train, bus and, of course, by car to the city.
1925 Embarcadero Rd, 94303-3312 Palo Alto, CA. Tel: . accessible only by private aircraft Palo Alto Airport of Santa Clara County,
The central location is served by the Caltrain regional train linking Palo Alto to San Francisco and San José. Palo Alto train station
Another stop in the city area is , about 2 miles (3 km) south. Unlike Palo Alto station, however, not all trains stop there. The station California Avenue Station is served only for home games of College Footballer Stanford Cardinals. Stanford Stadium Station Station
On the street
The main connection is via the US 101, the I-280 also touches the west of Palo Alto.
In addition to the usual bicycle rental possibilities, Palo Alto has a Bay Area Bike Share rental system with fixed locations for everyone (similar to the Call-a-Bike system in Germany). Here you need a credit card to make your reservation at the machines, you pay 9 USD for 24 hours or 22 USD for 72 hours and can use a bike for a maximum of 30 minutes anywhere within this time and return to each station. For longer usage at the piece, additional charges are added. This makes renting several hours (i.e. for bicycle tours outside the station area) unattractive. From 2 minutes after a successful return the next bike can be rented. Note: When used, a deposit of USD 101 per bicycle is blocked on the credit card! The station density is relatively low and the area served includes several stations in the city center, as well as other stations in the surrounding areas (Redwood City, Mountain View, San José). At each station there is a road map with bike paths and all the stops so that you can plan longer tours of the city, including bike changes.
A credit card allows you to rent a maximum of two bicycles. So groups should have multiple credit cards.
Note: when returning at the station, make sure that the bike clicks correctly (first yellow, then green light and confirmatory tone), otherwise the bike is considered not to have been returned and it can be quite expensive. Sometimes it helps to lift the bicycle at the back.
castles, palaces and palaces
- , Frenchman's Road south of Mayfield Avenue. Hanna Haus a.k.a. Beekeeping House, is a hexagonal residence in Palo Alto designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Hanna House
- 1451 Middlefield Road, 94301-3351 Palo Alto. Tel: . Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, one of California's oldest children's museums, offers children's exhibitions, science courses, and a zoo with animal demonstrations. The museum is known for its special offers for children, which are fun and for exhibitions to touch. The mini-zoo is home to local and non-native animals, including birds, turtles, redfish, rabbits and hedgehogs. Opened: Monday closed, Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 13:00-16:00, always closed on New Year's Day (January 1), Thanksgiving (November 4), Christmas Day (December 25). Price: free. Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo,
- 545 Ramona Street, 94301-1710 Palo Alto. The Barbie Hall of Fame in Palo Alto is a fairytale land of female dolls. Her friend Ken's supporters are also not disappointed. souvenir shop, logo, available. Opened: Monday closed, Tuesday-Friday 13:30-16:30, Saturday 10:00-12:00, Sunday closed. Barbie Hall of Fame,
- 351 Homer Avenue, Box 1731, Palo Alto, CA 94302-1731. The Museum of American Heritage displays old technological features such as crystal radios and old record players. Opened: Monday-Thursday closed, Friday-Sunday 11:00-16:00. Price: free. Museum of American Heritage,
- 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303-2909. The Palo Alto Cultural Center was originally a town hall. fully accessible for the disabled. souvenir shop. Opened: Monday closed, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00-17:00, Thursday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 13:00-17:00. Always closed on 1 January, 4 July and 25 December. Price: , donations will be received. Palo Alto Cultural Center,
streets and squares
- 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301-3397. The Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto is home to the West Bay Opera, with performances from October to June. Lucie Stern Theater,
One of the world's most prestigious universities and workshops for the Silicon Valley Stanford University.
- Palo Alto is a good starting point for excursions to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, as the city is about half way between San José and San Francisco.
- Bay Area