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A Note about the Bay...

Living in the Bay Area is pretty epic. You're just a short drive from the beach, mountains, and city. The weather is near perfect for most of the year. Outdoor activities available are unrivaled if you have any interest in hiking, biking, surfing, camping, running and more. Skiing takes a bit of a drive but weekend trips are a regular occurance in the winter for residents and attendings alike. And if that's not your thing, there's SF nearby for city life and world-class wine tasting to the north and south of us. You're guaranteed to find co-residents willing to partake in all of the above with you!

- Clare Wise and Kelly McFarlane, PGY-3s

Welcome to the Bay Area, California

The Bay Area is one of the most beautiful, scenic, and diverse landscapes in the world.  Home to many different cultures, the Bay Area offers open and fascinating experiences for everyone.  Stanford's convenient location is less than 30 miles in either direction to San Francisco International, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, and Oakland International airports.  Below, take a stroll through just a few of the amazing attractions within and near the Bay Area!

Getting to Stanford

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Stanford University School of Medicine

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Stanford, CA 94305
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San Francisco/City Life

A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes - San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s greatest cities.  Located along the Northern region of California, at the state’s distinctive bend in the coast, the region has an alluring magic that stretches beyond the Bay to diverse cities with family activites, adventure, nightlife, and a delicius variety of trend-setting cuisine.

Silicon Valley

Thousands of tech companies are located in the Silicon Valley, also know as Santa Clara Valley. This is home to 39 business in the Fortune 1000, companies such as Apple Inc., Google, and Facebook.


Enjoy beautiful beaches and various watersports such as surfing and paddleboarding in locations like Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Santa Cruz, and Ocean Beach.

Napa Valley/Sonoma County

More than 400 wineries are located at Napa Valley, with so much to do whilst there. Take in a vineyard tour and wine tasting, stay in a lavish resort, visit the top-rated chefs who work alongside the local farmers or take in a hot air balloon ride. There is so much adventure to have in Napa Valley!

National Parks

One of the best things about California, is the unmatched beauty and enchantment of the national parks for hiking, camping, and adventure. Check out some of our amazing gems, including Yosemite, the Pinnacles, and the Redwoods: 

Lake Tahoe

Go Skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling at one of the country’s premier winter destinations, or take advantage of its breathtaking scenery and expansive lake in the summer with jet skiing, paddle boarding, and swimming.


With professional sports teams in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, as well as the outstanding Stanford Cardinal sports teams, major sporting events are almost always happening.  Watch the World Champion Golden State Warriors or San Francisco Giants perennially compete for a championship.