Drive from Palo Alto to San Fran

Sep 21st, 2015, 09:37 AM
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Drive from Palo Alto to San Fran

During our trip, My husband and I will need to make the drive from Palo Alto Sunday Morning. Is there a particular route you would recommend with any sightseeing stops on the way. Google maps has it a little more than an hour trip but am willing to take longer if there are places/routes that are worth seeing. In addition, I will be in Palo Alto for work for two days and am looking for anything "must" see while I'm there. Thanks in advance!
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Sep 21st, 2015, 10:08 AM
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There's not much sightseeing between Palo Alto and San Francisco (just a bunch of suburbs strung together), but if you take 280 (as opposed to 101 - either works) the drive is beautiful. You could stop at Crystal Springs reservoir for a walk with beautiful views, or you could drive over to the coast and spend some time in Half Moon Bay (a nice main street, and has beaches, but I wouldn't call it "sightseeing", also it's often fogged in).
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Sep 21st, 2015, 10:49 AM
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Thank you for the quick reply. If I dove over to Half Moon Bay, would you recommend the drive up 1? Is that a "better" drive than 280?
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Sep 21st, 2015, 11:37 AM
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I like the drive on 280, and don't know that I've ever driven 1 all the way to San Francisco (since I used to live on the Peninsula, so just cut over to HMB on Rte. 92; not sure I've been in HMB since I moved back to the city).
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Sep 21st, 2015, 12:55 PM
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You could "walk the dish" at Stanford. Nice trail, great views if it's a nice day.

You can download map from Google.

In HMB I like to stop at HMB Brewing Company. If it's a weekend, you may have to wait for awhile. Nice outdoor dining area with harbor views.

There are some nice shops. We drove on to the little village of Pescadero, about 2 blocks long but with a fantastic bakery- bread had just come out of the oven when we were there. Had some sandwiches made which we took to the beach at Bean Hollow State Park and had a lovely afternoon. Saw many beautiful beaches along the way
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Sep 21st, 2015, 11:06 PM
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On the way between Palo Alto and SF there are things to see depending on your interests.
I'm rather fond of Filoli a wonderful historic home which has beautiful gardens that are particularly lovely in the spring. It's in Woodside right off 280. It reminds me of the national Trust properties in the UK.

http://www.filoli.org

My husband is a big fan of the Computer History Museum in MountainView which is apparently MUCH more interesting than it sounds!

Near Stanford you could visit The Rosicrucian Museum (Egyptian artifacts) in San Jose . It has been on our my list for ages.
http://www.egyptianmuseum.org

A friend of mine was a big fan of the Barbie Doll Museum in Stanford but apparently it's now closed as the collection was sold to Mattel! What a disappointment we can all see it, tragic really!!!
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Sep 22nd, 2015, 01:56 AM
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280 is a slam dunk compared to 101. As sf7307 said, it's a beautiful drive and it is as far as highways go.
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Sep 22nd, 2015, 04:42 AM
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Filoli gardens are lovely.
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Sep 22nd, 2015, 08:40 AM
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Filoli Gardens are lovely. They don't open until 11 a.m. on Sundays, so don't know when you want to get to the city.

But both Moutain View and San Jose are south of Palo Alto, not between Palo Alto and San Francisco!
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Sep 23rd, 2015, 05:58 AM
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Thank you all! This has been very helpful!
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Sep 23rd, 2015, 11:09 AM
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Thanks for the clarification, my South Bay geography leaves something to be desired, I think of it as just "somewhere down there"!
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Sep 23rd, 2015, 11:29 AM
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The Cantor Museum on the Stanford campus often has interesting exhibits.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%...or_Visual_Arts
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Sep 23rd, 2015, 09:52 PM
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"Thanks for the clarification, my South Bay geography leaves something to be desired"

Google Maps can help you with that
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