Where to stay around Palo Alto?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 579 vacation rentals near Palo Alto. From 229 houses to 224 apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Palo Alto for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Palo Alto?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Palo Alto:

  • Barron Park: 15 vacation rentals
  • Ventura: 25 vacation rentals
  • Midtown: 44 vacation rentals
  • St. Claire Gardens: 24 vacation rentals
  • Palo Verde: 21 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Palo Alto?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Palo Alto. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Baylands Nature Preserve: 784 vacation rentals
  • Byxbee Park: 779 vacation rentals
  • Palo Alto Art Center: 799 vacation rentals
  • Miramar Beach: 757 vacation rentals
  • Stanford University: 791 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Palo Alto listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent houses in Palo Alto?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 229 houses in Palo Alto. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Palo Alto include:

  • Apartments: 224 rentals available
  • Condos: 43 rentals available
  • Townhomes: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including cottages and more.

Can I rent golf resort rentals in Palo Alto?

Absolutely, HomeAway has 119 golf resort rentals in Palo Alto. You have also many other possibilities in Palo Alto area, including:

  • Downtown rentals: 87 rentals
  • Mountain rentals: 28 rentals
  • Near the ocean rentals: 9 rentals

Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Palo Alto?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 145 vacation rentals with pool available in Palo Alto. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Settle into Silicon Valley

    Palo Alto welcomes many business travelers thanks to the city’s prime location in Silicon Valley and status as the home of Stanford University. A Palo Alto vacation rental is a great choice for business travelers and families alike, offering more space and freedom as well as giving you every chance to get out and explore Palo Alto’s upscale dining opportunities. Palo Alto enjoys a vibrant cultural and arts scene too, as well as family-friendly attractions and plenty of green spaces to explore.

    Visit Stanford campus at Palo Alto

    This lively university town has great shopping, dining, and entertainment to explore in 2 downtown areas: along University Avenue and along California Avenue. Both boast many independent and refined restaurants, featuring authentic international cuisine and award-winning dining. The Stanford University campus is home to many of Palo Alto’s main attractions, including the Hoover Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hanna House, and the Stanford Theater, an independent movie theater. Take a guided tour led by student volunteers to explore the campus, or head to Hoover Tower to enjoy the beautiful gardens and fountain at its foot, and panoramic views from the top.

    Palo Alto arts and culture

    The Cantor Arts Center has amassed some wonderful treasures over its more than 100 years of history, including a collection of Rodin sculptures, on display in the center and its Rodin Sculpture Garden. If you’re staying at your Palo Alto vacation rental with kids, a visit to Palo Alto’s Junior Museum and Zoo will keep them entertained – the more than 50 species on display here include bats, birds, bobcats, and tortoises. Or, in summer, head to the city’s Rinconada Park where, under the shade of redwood and oak trees, you’ll find Palo Alto’s municipal swimming pool, picnic areas, children’s playgrounds, and walking trails.

    Enjoy the Bay Area climate

    Palo Alto experiences warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters that typify the San Francisco Bay Area. Between May and September, temperatures hover amenably around the 70s, although can sometimes peak in the 90s. During these warm summer months, the Pacific fog rolls over the western foothills as the sun goes down to cover the night sky in a thick blanket that helps to trap the summer warmth. The Santa Cruz Mountains to the west shelter Palo Alto from much of the Pacific Coast rains. Winters are colder, but seldom freezing, making snow rare.

    Back to nature near Palo Alto

    In addition to those at Rinconada Park, you’ll find miles of trails and panoramic views across the Bay Area around Palo Alto’s landmark radio telescope, the Stanford Dish. To the east, Baylands Nature Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in San Francisco Bay. Its unique mixture of tidal and fresh-water habitats make it a prime bird-watching area on the west coast. Canoes, kayaks, and sailboards are welcome on its peaceful waters. To the southwest of your Palo Alto vacation rental, the forests and flower-filled grasslands of Foothills Park and the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve have hiking and biking trails worth exploring.