Traveler's Guide

Exploring Menlo Park

and beyond

Menlo Park combines the high style of New York or Paris with the charm of a California community that dates back to the mid-1800s. Start on Santa Cruz Avenue and discover a mix of specialty shops and excellent cafes and restaurants, or indulge your inner techy at some of Silicon Valley’s most well-known attractions. 

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Arts & Culture

Guild Theater

  • .6 mi.
  • 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
  • (650) 566-8367

Catch indie, foreign and vintage films in Menlo Park’s charmingly old-school theater, which dates back to 1926.

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Allied Arts Guild

  • 1.5 mi.
  • 75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park
  • (650) 322-2405

Gardens, shops and artists’ studios make the historic Allied Arts Guild one of Menlo Park’s favorite attractions.

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Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

  • 3 mi.
  • 328 Lomita Dr., Stanford
  • (650) 723-4177

This free museum on Stanford’s campus features one of the largest collections of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside Paris.

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Menlo Park Historical Association

  • 1 mi.
  • 800 Alma St, Menlo Park
  • (650) 330-2522

Learn about the history of beautiful Menlo Park through this collection of memorabilia, records and objects of interest.

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Shoreline Amphitheater

  • 10 mi.
  • 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View
  • (650) 967-4040

With wide screens and amazing sound, the Shoreline Amphitheater is the likely host for major concerts in the California Bay area.

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Facebook

  • 5 mi.
  • 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park
  • (650) 308-7300

Even if your work doesn’t take you there, Facebook’s 430,000-square-foot campus, designed by Frank Gehry, is a must-see.

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Apple Park Visitor Center

  • 19 mi.
  • 10600 N. Tantau Ave., Cupertino
  • (408) 961-1560

Open to the public since just November 2017, the visitor center, with shop and cafe, offers an immersive look at Apple’s neo-futuristic campus.

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Google

  • 9 mi.
  • 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View
  • (650) 253-0000

There’s no Googleplex “tour” but you can walk around the 12-acre campus unescorted.

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Stanford Shopping Center

  • 1.4 mi.
  • 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto
  • (650) 617-8202

This open-air shopping mall spans 1.4 million square feet and features high-end retailers and restaurants, including Apple, Bose, and Neiman Marcus.

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Kepler’s Books

  • .04 mi.
  • 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
  • (650) 324-4321

A celebrated independent bookstore, Kepler’s was founded in 1955 and reigns as Silicon Valley’s intellectual hub.

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Tesla Motors Showroom

  • 4.0 mi.
  • 4180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
  • (650) 681-5800

Drivers over the age of 25 with a valid U.S. driver's license and a test drive appointment, can take a car for a spin.

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Computer History Museum

  • 10 mi.
  • 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
  • (650) 810-1010

Discover more than 1,100 historic artifacts, including computers from the 1940s and 1950s.

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Universities

Menlo College

  • 1 mi.
  • 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton
  • (800) 556-3656

This small, private, non-profit Silicon Valley school focuses on business education with a strong liberal arts emphasis.

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Stanford University

  • 2 mi.
  • 295 Galvez St., Stanford
  • (650) 723-2560

Guided one-hour, student-led walking tours of the campus depart daily at 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. from the Stanford Visitor Center.