Destination guide

The artsy area of Palo Alto awaits your stay

Enjoy the art galleries and other features of Palo Alto. This city's university setting, sporting events and restaurants draw many visitors. Take in top local attractions like Stanford Shopping Center and Shoreline Park. A vacation rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in Palo Alto

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Palo Alto a fun place to get away. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • California's Great America (9.8 mi / 15.7 km)
  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Monte Bello Open Space Preserve (7.8 mi / 12.5 km)
  • Ridge Vineyards (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Golfland USA (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Blackberry Farm Golf Course (8.6 mi / 13.9 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Palo Alto

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Palo Alto is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Shoreline Park (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Kelley Park (16.9 mi / 27.3 km)
  • Rodin Sculpture Garden (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Stanford University Arboretum (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Byxbee Park (2.9 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Rengstorff Park (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)

Transportation to and around Palo Alto

Fly into Palo Alto, CA (PAO-Santa Clara County), the closest airport, located 3 mi (4.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into San Carlos, CA (SQL), which is 8.6 mi (13.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station is Palo Alto Station. You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Palo Alto California Ave Station for ease of access to the rest of the city.

Where to stay around Palo Alto?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 623 holiday lettings near Palo Alto. From 276 Houses to 253 Condos/Apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Palo Alto is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Palo Alto?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Palo Alto:

  • Midtown: 44 holiday homes
  • Old Palo Alto: 30 holiday homes
  • Crescent Park: 38 holiday homes
  • Barron Park: 19 holiday homes
  • Duveneck - St. Francis: 24 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Palo Alto?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Palo Alto. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Rodin Sculpture Garden: 1,061 holiday lettings
  • Palo Alto Station: 1,058 holiday lettings
  • Stanford Mausoleum: 1,073 holiday lettings
  • Arastredero Preserve: 1,037 holiday lettings
  • Stanford University Arboretum: 1,076 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Palo Alto listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Palo Alto?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 276 Houses in Palo Alto. Our other popular types of Palo Alto holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 253 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 20 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 243 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Palo Alto?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 168 holiday homes with pool available in Palo Alto. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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