Explore everything the Bay Area offers within minutes of the Hotel Aria. Interesting things to do in Palo Alto and Mountain View surround our hotel in all directions. Plan a visit to the nearby Computer History Museum, embark on a tour of a 160-room Victorian Mansion built by the widow of the Winchester rifle manufacturer, or head to the coast and try your hand at surfing lessons in Santa Cruz. The best of the Bay Area, from eclectic restaurants to concert halls, waits moments away.
Downtown Palo Alto
Head just two miles up the road and take in the upscale shops and boutiques of downtown Palo Alto. Walk University Avenue and discover everything from high-end restaurants to juice bars, and a restored movie palace that shows classic movies and still holds pre-movie organ concerts,http://www.destinationpaloalto.com.
Downtown Mountain View
Walk along Castro Street, downtown Mountain View's main drag, and you'll discover tea shops, bookstores, coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants offering everything from Indian to Thai to tapas. Shop for local foods at the weekly farmer's market, which takes place near the Caltrain station.
Sunset Magazine Headquarters
Tour the gardens or take in cooking demonstrations or lawn concerts at Sunset Magazine's headquarters in nearby Menlo Park. The 3,000-square-foot test garden provides the latest ideas for home gardeners and is the inspiration for more than half of the magazine's photography. www.sunset.com/garden
Cruise out to the coast toward this university surfer town, where you'll find big waves, a quaint boardwalk, breathtaking sunsets, beaches, bicycle rentals, wineries, state parks and an old-fashioned roller coaster among other things to see and do. http://santacruzca.org
San Jose Sharks Hockey
Visiting the Bay area during hockey season? Put on your favorite jersey and take in a San Jose Sharks NHL game at the Shark Tank, a.k.a. HP Pavilion. During power plays, you'll hear the familiar Jaws theme urging Shark players along. http://sharks.nhl.com/
San Francisco Giants
The 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants play in scenic AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco. Getting to a game is easy and stress-free. Catch the train in downtown Mountain View and you'll arrive in San Francisco just one block from AT&T Park. http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=sf
Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose
Traveling with the family and looking for a great destination for the children? Check out the Children's Discovery Museum and open up your kid's minds with the many exhibits and daily information sessions. Be sure to bring lunch and picnic in the adjacent park.http://www.cdm.org/