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Hoover Tower

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Address: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 95319
Phone Number: 209-242-6947
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: This 285-foot tower furnishes an outstanding view and houses the Hoover...
This 285-foot tower furnishes an outstanding view and houses the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace.
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A Tower with an Amazing View

I didn't realize how large Stanford was until I went up to the observation point. The staff were really great and views were amazing. The observation deck was caged; obviously... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Stockton, California
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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I didn't realize how large Stanford was until I went up to the observation point. The staff were really great and views were amazing. The observation deck was caged; obviously for safety reasons, but allows good outward photography.

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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The Hoover Tower is the tallest building for miles around and you get a spectacular view from the observation floor near its top. This is a bell tower so you can also see the bells up close. In the lobby there are two rooms with displays related to the life and accomplishments of Herbert Hoover. These turned out to be... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Hoover Tower is actually a working library for the Hoover Institute on the Stanford campus. When you go up in the elevator, the "stacks" are only available to staff, so there are no stops on the way for visitors. The cost of going to the top is $2; having the right change will be appreciated. It's not worth your time... More 

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Gridley, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Stopped by Stanford with my 3 daughters when we were in the area. Hoover tower was very interesting and full of history! The view from the top was well worth the small fee. It would have been nice to check out other floors but I understand it is a working university.

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PV, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Love to take our visitors up there on a Clear Day for the overview of the Stanford University campus and surrounding area. Bargain!

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New Delhi, India
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The tower provides visitors a nice view of the whole area. We started our Stanford tour from here. It takes just $2 per head for admission. Take the lift and go up to the terrace to get a bird's eye view. You can also get a rough idea about the location of different buildings before you actually start exploring the... More 

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Shanghai, China
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It's only a $2 admission, so it's worth it to get a few snaps of the view of Stanford from above. There's a small little museum at the bottom. Maybe try to bring exact change as the person taking tickets when I was there was having a hard time breaking the $20s and $50s.

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Tehran
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

In campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto there is a beautiful tower in memory of former president of USA .you could go to top of tower and by elevator and in a special time of day you could listen to a big music instrument that is Heard through far away and you could watch all bay area .there is... More 

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Park City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If there is a long long and you don't want to wait, plan to go back. the exhibits on the main floor are really interesting and from the top of the tower you get an excellent view of "the farm" and how expansive it is. It is the ultimate orientation to Stanford from on high.

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Pay the $2 to take advantage of the views on top. On a clear day you not only get a good grasp of the campus but can see for miles I all directions.

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