Touring Stanford: The Hoover Tower in Palo Alto, CA
It’s no surprise that such a world-class higher learning institution has such an impressive campus. Hoover Tower, with its fourteenth-story observation desk, gives visitors a rare glimpse into a gorgeous scene of the San Francisco Bay area. Not only can you see the stunning Stanford campus, you can actually catch sight of the distant skyline of San Francisco, the skyscraper of Palo Alto, Dumbarton Bridge, and Fremont Hills.
Our hotel is located conveniently close to Stanford, so these amazing views are mere minutes away as you visit the most popular places in Palo Alto. Hoover Tower is a must-see destination, available for just a $2 admission fee. You will be glad you brought your camera when the elevator stops on the 14th floor. All at once, you will see Stanford’s orange-roofed buildings surrounded by rolling hills and gorgeous greenery. At the base of the tower, be sure to check out the lobby exhibits of Herbert Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover, a mini-museum with memorabilia offering a unique look at the personal lives of the 31st U.S. President and First Lady. Both Hoovers were alumni of Stanford University, hence this homage to two important figures in American history.
Located next door to Hoover Tower, you can make your way to the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the top of the tower, this beloved landmark boasts a carillon of 48 bells gifted by the Belgian-American Education Foundation. The largest bell bears the inscription, “For Peace Alone Do I Ring”. Hoover Tower has it all: It’s a special spot for Stanford students and alumni; an amazing sightseeing destination for out-of-town tourists; and a meaningful landmark for history lovers, architecture buffs, and Bay Area visitors.