You don’t come to this part of the South Bay to go shopping and bar hopping, though there is plenty of that. Instead of strolling through the quintessentially cute college town of Palo Alto (you can do that later) when you get off the Caltrain, head a few paces away from the tracks up Palm Drive toward some of the less explored spots of Stanford.
Here are four things to do in Stanford.
1. Hoover Tower. Learn a little about the history and public policy think tanks in Stanford’s Hoover Tower. Come for the education and stay for the views from the 14th story of the Tower (550 Serra Mall, stanford.edu).
2. Cantor Arts Center. Paris a bit of a stretch for your budget? Well, don’t worry, the Cantor Arts Center displays the second largest Rodin gallery in the world (328 Lomita Drive, museum.stanford.edu).
3. Stanford Dish Walk. Work up a sweat on this 3.5 mile paved loop that provides stunning views of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and all of Stanford’s campus (Stanford Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard, destinationpaloalto.com).
4. Cool Café at Cantor Arts. Grab a quick bite at the Cool Café. Enjoy an entirely organic and locally grown cobb salad or chicken sandwich while studying the Rodin sculptures (328 Lomita Drive, cooleatz.com).
Directions: Take Caltrain to the California Avenue Caltrain Station.