The weather is getting warmer in Silicon Valley. it’s never a bad day to head outside for a relaxing bike ride. If you are seeking a meandering route with several engaging stops, then Verde’s summer bike route is for you. From historic landmarks to popular leisure spots, the places on this route will make for a fun half-day adventure. Bring a friend or two and saddle in for Verde’s Tour de Palo Alto.
1. The Stanford Oval
The Stanford oval at the end of Palm Drive is the place to relax, play a game of frisbee, or take an outdoor nap. The tranquility of this grassy expanse makes it an ideal summer destination for all ages.
2. HP Garage
Known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, this shed at 367 Addison Ave. is an essential stop on your route. Stanford graduates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard began manufacturing electronics here in the 1930’s. Pard-Hewlett or Hewlett-Packard.
3. Steve Jobs’ House
It would be impossible to leave Steve Jobs out of the broad brush strokes of Palo Alto’s history. Jobs’ tudor-style house still sits on the shaded corner of Waverley Street and Santa Rita Avenue in Old Palo Alto.
4. Philz Coffee
The large selection of quality coffee blends makes the Philz brand a hit across the Bay Area. Stop by Philz on Middlefield Road and enjoy their signature mint mojito — the perfect way to end your bike ride.
5. Mitchell Park
Stop by Mitchell Park on E Meadow Dr. for a light jog on the sandy path encompassing the lush grassy lawn, or reserve a spot at the various picnic areas for an outdoor barbeque.