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“Come for the views, stay for the mini-museums.”
Review of Hoover Tower

Hoover Tower
Ranked #4 of 40 things to do in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 285-foot tower furnishes an outstanding view and houses the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace.
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“Come for the views, stay for the mini-museums.”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

If you can't find the Hoover Tower when visiting Stanford University, don't worry. Just look up in the sky from any vantage point vaguely near the center of campus and walk towards the tallest building you see. Easily found by even the most casual visitor, the hours (7 days a week, 10-4) and cost (2$) are as delightful as the views from above.

After paying your admission fee and before entering the elevators, please note that there are two mini-museums of the Hoovers on the ground floor; the President's is on the right and the First Lady's on the left. I spent maybe 45 minutes in each and they are similar in layout, arranged chronologically from childhood through college and obviously containing the years in the White House and beyond. Far from being an exhaustive review of their lives or the Presidency, the permanent exhibits have a common thread of emphasizing Mr. and Mrs. Hoover's interactions with Stanford as well as the world at large. Sprinkled among the story boards and video monitors are various personal objects relating to the time period, such as Mrs. Hoover's embroidery or the President's gifts from foreign dignitaries.

After reviewing the first floor showcases, a visit to the top is a must. The elevators move quickly and the docents give a small description of the tower and bells on the ride up. Sweeping views of the campus and surrounding grounds greet you as the elevator door opens. Associated pictures of buildings and landmarks you see in the distance are posted inside the tower for identification purposes, and on a clear day you can even see San Francisco (!).

Overall I enjoyed my visit here and found the experience a rarity in travel: easily accessible, inexpensive, and enjoyable on both an educational and emotional level. Thumbs up.

Visited November 2013
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 624 helpful votes
“Spectacular views”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

The Hoover tower dominates the Stanford University campus in the sense that you can see its structure from most locations. It is most definitely worth entering if you are visiting the campus. The 285 feet high tower houses a library and Hoover archives and from the viewing platform at the top one has panoramic views, not only of the Stanford campus, but od the wide San Francisco Bay area. A small fee is charged for this attraction but it is worth paying this.

Visited November 2013
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Sedona, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“worth the effort”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

This was a great way to understand the layout of Stanford University. There is an elevator to the top where you can enjoy very nice views. Parking is non-existent; wear comfortable shoes. There was a fee.

Visited October 2013
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Glendale, California
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“Hoo tower”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

Nice view of the south bay from the top of the Hoover Tower. You could see all of Stanford and down to San Jose. Very nice

Visited October 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“A bastion of conservative thought in an ocean of liberals”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

As you walk the campus you cannot help but notice it. When my children were young they called it the giant baby bottle. If you are interested in modern Russian history or conservative intellectual thought (to the extent that that is not an oxymoron) this is worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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