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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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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Interesting museum at the bottom amazing Bell "Organ" at the top!!!!And of course the view! To make the most of this trip up the tower ask your docent questions - They know lots!!! And if they don't have an answer they will find it for you! Be aware that back packs, food and drinks are not allowed up the tower... More

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Westerly
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

For just one dollar you enter an extraordinary place with a library and elevator to the top of the campus. An iconic landmark visible from anywhere on campus, it offers a view of the campus that cannot be missed.

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Fremont, California
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702 attraction reviews
780 helpful votes 780 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

When you go up in Hoover Tower, one gets a nice view of the Campus. Its also one of the landmarks for the campus. There are also some historical museum displays. Parking can be an issue when you visit the campus. Its easier to take Cal Train and then take the Marguerite Shuttle to different areas of the campus.

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Helena, Montana
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16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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 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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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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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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11 helpful votes 11 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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