Destination guide

The arty 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 such as Stanford Shopping Center and Shoreline Park. A holiday 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 cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Palo Alto a fun place to get away to. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • 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 traveller 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 centre:

  • 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)
How to get there

Transport 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 centre. 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 travelling 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 near Palo Alto?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 576 holiday rentals near Palo Alto. From 267 Houses to 224 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Palo Alto for a long holiday or a weekend break 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 rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Palo Alto:

  • Midtown: 43 holiday homes
  • Ventura: 29 holiday homes
  • Downtown North: 32 holiday homes
  • Old Palo Alto: 28 holiday homes
  • Crescent Park: 35 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes 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 homes near great places in Palo Alto. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Stanford Mausoleum: 1,023 holiday rentals
  • Palo Alto Station: 1,025 holiday rentals
  • Arastredero Preserve: 999 holiday rentals
  • Cantor Arts Center: 1,014 holiday rentals
  • Foothills Park: 997 holiday rentals

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 267 Houses in Palo Alto. Our other popular types of Palo Alto holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 224 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 18 holiday houses
  • Studios: 213 holiday houses

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 145 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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