Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Palo Alto that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $66 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Palo Alto. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Palo Alto

Fly into Palo Alto, CA (PAO-Santa Clara County), the closest airport, located 3 mi (4.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into San Carlos, CA (SQL), which is 8.6 mi (13.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station is Palo Alto Station. You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Palo Alto California Ave Station for ease of access to the rest of the city.

How many vacation rentals are available around Palo Alto?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 567 vacation rentals around Palo Alto. From 242 house rentals to 272 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.