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Frequently asked questions

What are the major attractions in Palo Alto?
If your trip to Palo Alto is all locked in but your itinerary is a bit on the empty side, we can give you a few hints and tips.Think of Palo Alto and then say the first thing that springs to mind. Bet you said “Stanford University,” right? Being such a significant landmark, you simply can’t miss it. Throw your luggage into the trunk and tick it off your bucket list.If anyone asks why you’re coming here, just show them a few images of Stanford Shopping Center and Shoreline Park. These fantastic attractions will make sure you have a memorable trip.Not too far from the city center, Palo Alto Art Center is one spot you might like to add to your must-see list. Rodin Sculpture Garden and Hoover Tower are also nearby and worth a detour.
What are the best road trip destinations near Palo Alto?
You’ll want to explore nearby Twin Lakes State Beach. What’s 35 miles when you’ve got your very own ride? The drive there is half the fun! See the sights starting with Santa Cruz Harbor, DeLaveaga Golf Course and Santa Maria’s Beach. Don’t skip Westside Santa Cruz either! Just 30 miles away, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Natural Bridges State Park and Main Beach are must-sees here.
Where are the best beaches near Palo Alto?
Fill up with gas, fire up the engine and get ready to feel the warm, salty air blowing through your hair. Palo Alto offers some stunning stretches of coast, such as:

  • Lakeshore Park Beach (12 miles away).
  • San Gregorio State Beach (16 miles away).
  • Cowell Ranch State Beach (16 miles away).

Where are the best convention centers near Palo Alto?
If you’re traveling to Palo Alto for work-related purposes, you’ll probably be visiting some convention centers. With your own set of wheels, you can relax knowing you’ll get there on time. Here are some of the most well known:

  • Allied Arts Guild (2 miles away).
  • San Mateo County Event Center (12 miles away).
  • Parkside Hall (15 miles away).

What kind of rental car should I get for Palo Alto?
Gas up the tank and jump behind the wheel in Palo Alto. There’s adventure and excitement around every bend here, from iconic sights like Stanford University to the more remote sandy shores. The car you go for will enhance the experience. If you’re heading away with your buddies, consider an intermediate or a standard rental vehicle. They offer more legroom and space. Hope to avoid city driving but want to explore the surrounding natural areas? Tear down the open road in an RV. This option is ideal for those craving outdoor adventure — and you won’t have to spend money on hotels either!
Should I get a luxury rental car in Palo Alto?
For some of us, owning a prestige vehicle is little more than a lofty dream. But renting your dream car can easily be a reality! Imagine cruising down the highway in a swanky sports car, even if it’s just for a short while. Or maybe all you need is a trusty set of wheels to bring you safely from point A to point B. Extravagant or economical? Whatever you decide, one thing’s for sure — there’s a rental car to suit your style in Palo Alto.
Is it difficult to park in Palo Alto?
You’ll discover lots of places to leave your rental car in Palo Alto. Even in the busiest areas, there’s often a spot right where you need it.
Does Palo Alto have peak-hour traffic?
One of the best things about road tripping around a smaller city is lighter traffic, so don’t worry too much about peak-hour gridlock. With a population of roughly 66,900, you can expect a smooth Palo Alto driving experience.
Are there speed limits in Palo Alto?
Most residential areas in Palo Alto have a 25mph speed limit. Outside these areas, the speed limits usually range between 25mph and 65mph.
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in Santa Clara County?
In most cases, your chosen rental company will bill the amount of the fine to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may supply your contact details to local authorities so they can issue a fine straight to you.
Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Palo Alto?
As long as you have hands-free or Bluetooth functions enabled, you can use your cell phone while behind the wheel in Palo Alto. But make sure you stay focused on the road.
What are the rules around drink driving in Palo Alto?
While operating a vehicle in Palo Alto, it’s a criminal offence to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) higher than 0.08%. Planning to have a wine or two while you’re out? Consider using a ride-sharing service or taking a taxi.
Is turning on a red light allowed in Palo Alto?
Yes it is. However, before you turn you must completely stop the car and only proceed if the lane is free of traffic.
Are seat belts compulsory in Santa Clara County?
Subject to a small number of exceptions, seat belts are mandatory in Santa Clara County.

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