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Science Center in Palo Alto

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Nobel Prize–winning scientific discoveries have been made at this 2-mile-long linear accelerator – the world's longest – built in the mid-1960s. Scientists here today conduct research in particle physics and cosmolo…
Plaza in Palo Alto

Main Quad

Auguste Rodin’s Burghers of Calais bronze sculpture marks the entrance to Stanford University's Main Quad, an open plaza where the original 12 campus buildings, a mix of Romanesque and Mission Revival styles, were j…
Fusion in Palo Alto


Though the no-holds-barred flavor combinations would make a traditional Japanese sushi chef faint, these burrito-style wraps with rice and Mexican-Asian-Californian ingredient combinations make students' taste buds …
Tower in Palo Alto

Hoover Tower

A campus landmark at the east of the Main Quad, the 285ft-high Hoover Tower offers superb views. The tower houses a university library, offices and part of the right-wing Hoover Institution on War, Revolution & …
Californian in Palo Alto

Bird Dog

Downtown's most ambitious restaurant marries Bay Area ingredients with all-modern cooking techniques, and even a simple sandwich is anything but when it's made with pine-smoked eel and mustard-leaf kimchi. Bring all…
Museum in Palo Alto

Cantor Arts Center

The Cantor Center for Visual Arts is a large museum originally dating from 1894. Its collection spans works from ancient civilizations to contemporary art, sculpture and photography, and rotating exhibits are eclect…
Bar in Palo Alto

Tap Room

Unpretentious downtown pub pours honest pints of Palo Alto Brewing Company ( brews and other craft beers on tap, with housemade snacks, sports TVs, a jukebox and vintage video arcade and retr…
Californian in Palo Alto

True Food Kitchen

Not just another shopping-mall eatery, this healthy chain is a refreshing antidote to fast food. Quinoa and grass-fed beef burgers, ancient-grains bowls, Tuscan kale salads and artichoke pizza are all washed down wi…
Performing Arts in Palo Alto

Stanford Live

With most performances at Bing Concert Hall, the university's jam-packed performing-arts calendar showcases orchestral and chamber music, opera, jazz, R&B and world-music artists and ensembles year-round.
Diner in Palo Alto

Palo Alto Creamery

A downtown institution, this sparkling chrome and red-boothed beauty from 1923 is famous for its frothy milk shakes, hefty hamburgers and pies made from scratch.