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Hoover Tower

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 95319
209-242-6947
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Ranked #8 of 22 attractions in Palo Alto
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, History Museums
Description: This 285-foot tower furnishes an outstanding view and houses the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace.
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Helena, Montana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The view is unparalleled in the area, and the lobby is even more interesting. I feel for the folks who work on the tower's interim levels because there are few if any windows.

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Boulder, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A great view of Stanford campus and the surrounding area. On a clear day, you will see as far as San Francisco.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

From the 14 fl one can observe nice views but they are not that great as compared to the absolutely breathtaking views from the Stanford Dish hiking trail! If in the area, The Stanford Dish trail is a must and far more impressive than Hoover Tower....

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Loved the view, and the opportunity to learn more about President Hoover's work. Best starting place for a visit to Stanford U!

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We took a trip over to Stanford and had a Stanford student bring us, free of charge, up to the top of Hoover Tower. It was a spectacularly clear day and you could see the bridges and skyline of San Francisco way off in the distance. This is an attraction that can give you a quick lay of the land,... More

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Palo Alto
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Of all the "high places" I've gone for lovely views around the world... this barely makes the list. It does indeed give you a view of Stanford and its environs, but it isn't a must do. If you're short of time, go to the Memorial Church and Cantor Museum instead. I do like the ground-floor exhibits, and it's a working... More

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Hayward, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Well to start off I gave this three stars because upon my arrival the woman manning the desk was VERY rude and just seemed like we interrupted her day. After she was being rude to us she said there aren't video cameras allowed but yet still cameras are allowed in the tower. Throughout the time waiting for the elevator she... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

A bastion of conservative thought in the middle of a liberal campus. A smart and successful engineer, Hoover got a bad rap. More about his life and service inside the base of the tower.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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80 reviews 80 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you enjoy history and especially if you respect President Hoover, this will be a great place for you to browse his documents and life achievements. Beautiful building as well.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

A visit to the Hoover tower provided interesting insights into the President and his wife, a Stanford educated woman who was modern in many respects. The view from the top of the tower reveals the scope of the Stanford campus as well as the beauty of the surrounding area.

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