Travel and Accommodations


All Rendezvous events will be held on the Stanford University campus. The majority of events will take place in or around the Mitchell Earth Sciences building, located at 397 Panama Mall, which is near the Main Quad area of campus. View an interactive campus map.

Travel by Air

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC) are equidistant from the Stanford University campus. Both airports are approximately 20 miles (or 30 minutes by car) from campus. A third alternative is the Oakland International (OAK) airport, which is approximately 60 minutes from campus. We suggest comparing fares to all three airports, as there can be significant differences even for the same airline. Although San Francisco (SFO) is the largest of the three area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that San Jose (SJC) is a more convenient alternative, as it is easier to navigate and more accessible by public transportation.

Find information about ground transportation to and from all three airports, which provides detailed information on door-to-door vans, pre-arranged vans, rental cars, and public transportation. Advance reservations are suggested.

Travel by Train or Bus

Find more information regarding travel to the Stanford University by train. You can also view Caltrain schedules and fares. (NOTE: If you plan on using the Caltrain more than twice, a Clipper Card multi-ride pass is the best value.)

Information regarding travel by bus is available via Greyhound.

Travel by Car

Palo Alto and the Stanford University campus can be accessed via Highway 101 North & South (including SFO and SJC), Highway 280 North & South, and from El Camino Real. View driving directions.

Parking Information for Stanford University

Participants staying off-campus:

  • Stay tuned for more details on off-campus parking.
Participants staying on-campus:
  • Stay tuned for more details regarding on-campus parking.


Plan Your Visit

Off-campus lodging

On-campus lodging


Stanford University offers 30+ on-campus dining options which offer a variety of culinary delights in distinct settings. Check out on-campus dining options (with interactive map). NOTE: The Mitchell Earth Sciences building (where events will center around) is located in the Main Quad area of campus.

This list of restaurants in and around Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Mountain View are sortable by list or map.

Looking for the freshest local fare? The As Fresh as it Gets program ties together the area's hospitality, agriculture, fishing and wine- and beer-making industries, rewarding and promoting establishments that serve outstanding fresh and local products.

Getting Around Palo Alto

Palo Alto is located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose, and is a community of approximately 67,082 residents. Palo Alto is part of the San Francisco Metropolitan Bay Area and the Silicon Valley. The City's boundaries extend from San Francisco Bay on the east to the Skyline Ridge of the coastal mountains on the west, with Menlo Park to the north and Mountain View to the south. While the city is walkable, transportation is also available and sometimes recommended. Read more about Maps, Resources, and Access.

Here are links to useful transportation information:

Special Accommodation Requests

The Earth Educators' Rendezvous is committed to providing universal access to our programming and supporting special accommodation requests to the best of our ability. Please check the box on the registration form if you would like a member of the Rendezvous/SERC staff to follow up with you to assist with accommodations that support your needs (e.g. accessible parking space, alternative formats, lactation room). Please note that we will do our best to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee we will be able to. Regardless, advanced notice is necessary.

Stanford, Palo Alto and the Surrounding Community

Although Stanford University is virtually a community unto itself and even has its own zip code (94305), it is located in the city of Palo Alto. Downtown Palo Alto is a short walk from campus and includes many attractions, as well as many shops and restaurants.

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of Northern California's dynamic "Silicon Valley," home to Yahoo!, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and many other cutting-edge companies that were started by and continue to be led by Stanford alumni and faculty.

To the west of the University's 8,180-acre campus are the Santa Cruz Mountains and Pacific Ocean, and to the east San Francisco Bay. Known as The Peninsula, the area is rich in natural beauty, culture, and entertainment.

The City of Palo Alto is more than 100 years old, and is named after a majestic 1,000-year-old coastal redwood tree along San Francisquito Creek, where early explorers settled. Characteristic of Palo Alto is the care taken to protect open space and parkland. Palo Alto has a remarkable number of City-owned parks for its size (36 at last count) and nearly one-third of its 26 square miles is open space. Palo Alto's San Francisco Bay location and natural environment offer the opportunity to enjoy bird and aquatic life in a natural habitat.

Average July temperatures in Palo Alto: High 79 F / Low 54 F


If you have further logistical questions, please contact Caroline Smith at