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Stanford overview

Stanford is special for its architecture, art, and sports, and known for its monuments and churches. You'll enjoy the area's dancing, museums, and university spirit. Those seeking the perfect souvenir may want to head over to Great Mall of the Bay Area and Stanford Shopping Center to shop. Stanford University and Computer History Museum are popular places to visit. If you're looking for a business-friendly getaway, Stanford is for you.

Where to stay in Stanford

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Stanford has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Stanford with Hotels.com by checking our online map. Our maps display the areas and neighborhoods around all Stanford hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Stanford hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Stanford

Fly in to San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), 13.5 mi (21.8 km) from downtown Stanford. San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 18 mi (28.9 km) away.

What to see around Stanford

Fun activities include attractions such as:
  • • Stanford Maples Pavillion
  • • Stanford Stadium
  • • Nazareth Ice Oasis
  • • The Foundry
  • • Belmont Iceland
Art and museums stand out with top cultural places to visit like:
  • • Allied Arts Guild
  • • ART-TECH Silicon Valley Institute of Art & Technology
It's well known for its swimming spots and these favorite places for nature lovers:
  • • Cowell Ranch State Beach
  • • Pelican Point Beach
  • • Naples Beach
  • • San Gregorio Private Beach
  • • Pomponio State Beach
Take in the collegiate vibe with a visit to:
  • • Stanford University
  • • Palo Alto Research Center
  • • Menlo College
  • • Foothill College
  • • Cogswell Polytechnical College
Some top places to visit in the area include:
  • • Computer History Museum
  • • California's Great America
  • • Santa Clara University
  • • Winchester Mystery House
  • • Great Mall of the Bay Area