Visitor Information

Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation Venue:, Stanford University

The program is held on the Stanford University campus, which is situated on 8,180 acres in the rolling foothills. Located 35 miles south of San Francisco, the university is just a few miles from Palo Alto and the high-tech industrial center of Silicon Valley. Stanford

Lodging and Dining

Hotels, Motels, and Inns

Stanford's location adjacent to Palo Alto and Menlo Park offers an abundance of lodging choices, ranging from B&Bs and motels to luxury hotels.

See the lodging guide which is based on proximity to campus and includes website links, rates, and contact information.


There are several places to dine on and around campus. View a list of campus eateries.

University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto offers a wide variety of places to eat and drink.

  • Amber Dhara
  • Kanpai
  • Reposado
  • Tamarine
  • The Wine Room


Enjoy the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. From hiking The Dish to wine tasting to museums and concerts, these popular Web sites may help you plan your sightseeing agenda. Most activities are easy to get to by train or car.


Getting to Stanford

Nearby airports

Airports are easy to get to and from, either by train, cab or shuttle.

  • Oakland (OAK)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • San Jose (SJC)

Car Rental

Vehicle rental services are available at the San Jose and San Francisco airports, as well as several locations in Palo Alto.

Ground Transportation

  • BART - serves San Francisco and the East Bay, connects to Caltrain
  • Caltrain - - connections from SJC and SFO to Stanford campus via Marguerite shuttle
  • Stanford Marguerite - serves Stanford campus and connects to Caltrain
  • VTA - services the San Jose metro area, connects to Caltrain

Plan your trip door-to-door using 511 Trip Planner.

Stanford University Campus Map

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