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“More than just a stopping place on a college tour”

Stanford University
Ranked #1 of 41 things to do in Palo Alto
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Owner description: Breeding ground for Silicon Valley businesses. The founders of Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, and Sun Microsystems all passed through the doors of this institution.
Reviewed November 9, 2012

I'm prejudiced because I went here; having said that...Stanford is definitely worth a visit. There is a lot to see, and the campus is beautiful. Give yourself several hours and wear comfortable shoes. Some tips:
--If possible, walk from Palo Alto (a mile from the train station) or use one of the free "Margueritte" shuttles from the Palo Alto train station (take the P, Y, or X buses). Visitor parking is limited and the cost of parking tickets is steep.
--Depending on your level of interest, available time, and stamina, get a tour. Podcast and self-directed tours are available, but you can also get a real live student-led tour at 11 a.m. or 3:15 p.m. Tours leave from the visitor center on Galvez Street.
--Please remember that this is a real university, not Disneyland. Do not barge into classrooms, bang on windows in the student dorms, and walk in a giant and noisy group in the hallways and arcades adjacent to offices and lecture halls. Please!!
--Hoover Tower is worth a visit to the top to see the area, but only if it is open and only if the weather is good. And bring a jacket.
--Bicycles are the main mode of transportation for students. Keep an eye out for cyclists because they rule the road.
--There are lots of places to eat on campus. Lots. Tressider Student Union has several options (including the coffee shop, Coho), but there are lots of other dining options tucked away all over the campus. Offerings vary from pre-made sandwich counters to coffee shops and kiosks to bistro-style dining. Some places have beer & wine. Check out www.stanford.edu and go to the links for visitors and campus dining.
--Stanford is in a perpetual building mode. Roads are often blocked for construction.
--Memorial Church in the center quad is worth a visit but is often closed for events (such as weddings). Plan accordingly and try to have enough time to return if the church is closed for a special occasion.
--Everyone probably wants to buy a tee shirt, right? The bookstore is big and well-stocked with souvenirs. It also has books! There is also a student-run operation in the student union (Tressider) which carries a smaller selection; prices for these items are often lower than in the bookstore.
--Many buildings such as libraries are open only to students or faculty with ID.
--The older buildings may present difficulties for people with physical disabilities. Although everything has been retrofitted to meet disability codes, wheelchair access will limit what visitors can see.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

The Memorial church is the center piece of the Stanford university quad. From the horse shoe shaped parking lot where Palm drive dead-ends, it is an easy walk through the middle of the quad to the front of the Memorial church. Regular service is available on Sundays and Holidays and many music events and concerts take advantage of it's amazing acoustics. Try the Early music events to appreciate this unique venue!

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

So perfect that looks a cinematograph site...
During my visit to USA I did two student guided visiting, one at Berkeley and another at Stanford. Both universities are amazing! But Stanford has something more. I don’t know for sure what it is… maybe the neighborhood helps in some way. This place is magical!
The architecture, open space, fountains, buildings, and something more important, that maybe not everybody can feel, a special energy flying through the air… as half of my professional life is dedicated to academic works, maybe because of that I get a little enraptured when talking about what I saw and felt…

Anyway, just go to a guided visit if you can. It is much more interesting than walk alone through the campus (do it after an introductory presentation with one student).

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

University, great to walk in, Native American Pow Wow in May for mothers day weekend. FREE. Great University, ++++education. Hope to send my grandaughter here. They alsoi have a wonderful hospital, with advanced medicine

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

If there is one university you should visit, this is it!
The Rodin gardens are simply awesome with the Burgers from Calais in plain sight. Their art museum (free) displays great ancient pieces from around the world.
Their bookstore is stocked with great classics and Stanford-published memoirs.
If you want to feel like a student all over again and spend a few hours burning calories while walking from one building to the next, this is it.
Don't miss the Hoover tower!

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