StanfordStanford University has long been recognized as one of the world's premiere research and teaching institutions. The campus is situated between San Francisco and San Jose, right in the heart of Silicon Valley. As you might guess, Stanford has no shortage of famous alumni. Nike founder Phil Knight, golf legend Tiger Woods, Google co-founder Larry Page, actress Jennifer Connelly, author Michael Cunningham, and Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor have all called Stanford home at one time.
Herbert Hoover, the former president of the United States, may have had the biggest impact on campus. The famous Hoover Tower, a 285-foot landmark for the community, was built in his name and opened as part of the University's 50th anniversary celebration in 1941. From the 14th floor observation platform, you can see all the university's landmarks. The platform is open daily from 10am to 4 pm, but closes for holidays and during breaks.