Aerial view of Baylands from Palo Alto to San Jose
Aerial view of the Palo Alto airport and golf course
Sunrise view of Boronda lake in Foothills Nature Preserve
A sandy park path meandering through cactuses and trees
Close up view of a group of white petaled flowers with yellow centers

If you are visiting Palo Alto, find some helpful resources finding attractions, shopping areas, and more! Our event calendar is also listed in case you are looking for things to do locally or if you are new to town and interested in connecting with neighbors and community members.


Palo Alto features beautiful and historic residential neighborhoods, vibrant shopping and retail districts, and offers community amenities such as 36 parks, 39 playgrounds, five community and youth centers, 41 miles of walking/biking trails and five libraries. Palo Alto is also home to Stanford University which offers Cantor Arts Center, Frost Amphitheatre, Bing Concert Hall, and several other venues offering live performances, speaker series, performing arts and more. Other local attractions include:

Getting Around

Palo Alto and Stanford are served by a transportation network that includes:

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Palo Alto is home to small and medium sized inns and hotels as well as large well known hotel brands including:

  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Garden Court Hotel
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Nest Hotel
  • Nobu Hotel
  • Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
  • Westin Palo Alto


Palo Alto offers robust shopping experiences in the community for all to enjoy including retail stores located at Town and County Village on El Camino, shopping on and off University Avenue in Downtown, shopping on California Avenue and open-air shopping and dining at Stanford Shopping Center.