The economic opportunities are a large driver in the growth and success of Palo Alto. Still, one of the nicest parts about living in this city is the proximity to gorgeous Northern California nature. Northern California is home to some stunning and rugged natural landscapes, and Palo Alto is only a short distance away from some incredibly beautiful areas.
East of Palo Alto is the Baylands Nature Preserve, a 1,940-acre area of undisturbed marshland, with fifteen miles of multi-use trails and mountain views in the backdrop. It is a peaceful place for hiking and contemplation and is known as one of the best bird-watching spots on the entire West Coast.
Foothills Nature Preserve is another untouched natural area, with 1,400-acres and miles of incredible trails. There are a variety of gorgeous environments in this area, including woodlands, ponds, streams, and a lake. Even animals like deer and coyotes make this preserve their home, and you have an incredible view of the Bay Area the whole way.