A private university in California, Stanford boasts of a campus that is spread across 8,180 acres. It was founded by Leland Stanford and his wife Jane Lathrop Stanford in 1891 to remember their son Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid just before his 16th birthday. Leland Stanford, during his lifetime, occupied the posts of Governor and Senator of California. He is also remembered as a railroad tycoon. Today Stanford University is one of the best research universities in the world. The campus houses several must-see places such as the Main Quad, the Memorial Church, the Rodin sculpture and much more.
Cantor Arts Center
The center presents a wide selection of art in 24 galleries, plus outdoor gardens, courtyards, and terraces. The center's art collection spans 5000 years and ranges from ancient China to the 21st century.
The Stanford Theatre
It's hard to miss the Stanford Theatre as you work your way down University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. It first opened in 1925 and has recently gone through a marvelous renovation. The space next to the theatre has been added to house vintage posters and memorabilia. If you are a fan of classic movies like Casablanca, Gigi, Roman Holiday, etc., this is an experience to be had.
Stanford Shopping Center
Stanford Shopping Center is an upscale open air shopping mall located on Route 82 (El Camino Real) at Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto, California. Although located within the Stanford University campus, the land and buildings are leased. The outdoor center covers around 1.4 million square feet (130,000 m²) and includes four major department stores: Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Stanford Shopping Center also includes luxury retailers like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Wilkes Bashford, Ermenegildo Zegna and Juicy Couture.
Baylands Nature Preserve
Baylands Nature Preserve is the largest tract of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats. The preserve encompasses 1,940 acres in both Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. It is an important habitat for migratory shorebirds and is considered one of the best bird watching spots in the West Coast.
Hoover Tower is a 285-feet structure located within the Stanford University premises. The tower houses the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, an archive collection founded by Herbert Hoover before he became President of the United States. President Hoover had amassed a large collection of materials related to early 20th century history; he donated them to Stanford, his alma mater, to found a "library of war, revolution and peace". Hoover Tower, inspired by the cathedral tower at Salamanca, was finished in 1941, the year of Stanford's 50th anniversary. The tower has a carillon of 48 bells cast in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Museum of American Heritage
The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) is dedicated to the preservation and display of electrical and mechanical technology and inventions from the 1750s through the 1950s. The museum has a large collection of artifacts that are generally not accessible to the public. Founded in 1990 from the private collection of Frank Livermore, the Museum of American Heritage is housed in the historic Williams House, a 1907 Craftsman-style home right across from the scenic Heritage Park.