Palo Alto is a city in the U.S. state of California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is situated in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, bordering East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Stanford, Portola Valley, and Menlo Park. The city is named after the El Palo Alto species of redwood tree. As one of the most expensive cities in the nation, Palo Alto is also known for its residents being some of the most educated in America.
Palo Alto is part of the Silicon Valley and is home to more than 7,000 businesses. Prominent employers with office space and other facilities in Palo Alto include Stanford University, Hewlett-Packard, VMware, Tesla Motors, Ning, IDEO, and Palantir Technologies.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are many things to see and do in Palo Alto. It is home to several parks and natural habitats that include city-owned Foothill Park and the Charleston Slough. The Charleston Slough is a marsh that serves as a feeding area and home to several species of shore birds and other wildlife. Dining options in Palo Alto include Tamarine, Vero Ristorante Italiano, Evvia, Quattro, San Francisco Soup Company, and the Palo Alto Creamery Fountain and Grill, which is known for its exquisite breakfast menu.
The nearest major airport to Palo Alto is San Jose International Airport. This airport operates international and domestic flights from San Jose, and is located 15 miles from the city center. Another major airport in the area is San Francisco International Airport, which is within 22 miles of Palo Alto. Public transportation in Palo Alto consists of Caltrain rail service between San Francisco and San Jose. There are also local bus services and Palo Alto is a popular cycling community.