View of Silicon Valley including Stanford

Stanford is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco, and there is no better place to study business.

Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge

Visit San Francisco for everything from baseball to farm-to-table dining, from shopping to sightseeing.

Photo of wine country

The wine country of Napa and Sonoma Valleys is an easy drive from campus for weekend tastings or access to wine industry leaders.

Photo of Point Lobos

Headlands, coves, rolling meadows, and a rich underwater habitat make Point Lobos, just south of Monterey and Carmel, a place of natural beauty.

Photo of Lake Tahoe

Hiking, swimming, biking, boating, and fishing make Lake Tahoe the perfect summer vacation spot.

Silicon Valley & the Bay Area

The Stanford GSB campus enjoys close proximity to the coastal beauty of Monterey, the fertile vineyards of the Napa Valley, the energy of the city of San Francisco, and the endless innovation of Silicon Valley. The Bay Area is the ideal place to be inspired and transform your future.

While your days and nights will be busy while participating in an executive education program, you may choose to add a vacation onto either end of your program to experience more of what California has to offer.

Recreation and Culture

City of San Francisco

Experience San Francisco’s allure: the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, lively neighborhoods, and Alcatraz Island. Indulge in diverse cuisine, explore Fisherman’s Wharf, and delve into art at the Museum of Modern Art. With stunning vistas and vibrant culture, it’s a journey you won’t want to miss.

Marin County

Just north of San Francisco, Marin County features picturesque redwood forests, coastal trails, and charming towns. Explore Point Reyes National Seashore, hike Mount Tamalpais, and relish local cuisine.

Wine Country

Further north over the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll reach California’s famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys, where you can enjoy tastings of exquisite wines and meet wine industry leaders, all amidst stunning landscapes.

San Jose

South of Stanford, you can explore San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley. Explore this dynamic city and all it has to offer: visit the Tech Museum, watch a performance of the San Jose Cleveland ballet, or attend a San Jose Sharks hockey game at the SAP Center. 

The East Bay

Discover the vibrant East Bay, a blend of urban energy and natural beauty. From Oakland’s arts scene to Berkeley’s charm, explore diverse neighborhoods, local markets, and breathtaking bay views.

Lake Tahoe

Discover Lake Tahoe’s magic: crystal-clear alpine waters, embraced by mountains. Ski, relax on beaches, and embrace year-round nature adventures.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is known for its granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls and ancient sequoias. Hike iconic trails and witness nature’s grandeur in one of America’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.

Santa Cruz

Plan a getaway to this quintessential beachside town, where you can experience iconic Boardwalk fun, explore redwood forests, and enjoy some of the nation’s most beautiful beaches, all with a coastal, laid-back atmosphere.