It was cool, early weekday morning recently in Silicon Valley and I was enjoying a coffee at Philz Coffee in Palo Alto. I was looking for a place to continue enjoying my coffee and venture around on foot before getting to work. What better place than at one of the best schools in the United States, Stanford University.
Upon arriving I was immediately in front of Hoover Tower. Standing at 285-feet tall and prominent throughout campus, the tower is named after the former president Herbert Hoover. It houses the appropriately named Hoover Institution Library and Archives.
There is an observation deck up-top, for a nominal fee, where you can get panoramic views of the campus, Palo Alto and beyond. On a good weather day you can see the San Francisco skyline. It was too early on this day for me to go up. 😦
Since I was out on the open campus sidewalks in the early morning, there were only a few students, facility and visitors around.
My feet took me to the The Oval Flowers, headlined by the cardinal ‘S’. The school nickname is the Cardinal and they are very successful athletically, even with their tough academic standards. Being American football season I was (and still am) thinking about their season ending game with rival Notre Dame. Go Stanford!
Across the street from The Oval is Memorial Court and within…
…are independent casts of Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais. The sculptures sit near the entrance to the Main Quad with the first casts still sitting in Calais, France. You’ll find others placed around the world.
Walking through the Memorial Arch and out of the court, I was now in the Main Quad and in front of the Stanford Memorial Church. The church sitting within the center of the university was built by one of the co-founders of the university, Jane Stanford. It’s called “the University’s architectural crown jewel”.
I loved walking through and by the outdoor, column-lined hallways surrounding Memorial Court.
It being Silicon Valley and California, while walking around I looked up quite a bit at the beautiful palm trees that populated the landscape.
What a beautiful morning it was walking around one of the most prestigious universities in the world. I’ll be on the lookout for that next opportunity to walk around a scenic college campus.
Checkout the Philz Coffee deliciousness I enjoyed in Palo Alto on that morning.
What colleges and universities would you recommend going for a walk through?