Seniors Arrive in Silicon Valley

images Much of Menlo Park’s economy revolves around the companies on Sand Hill Road. Senior travelers learn those consist of venture capital, private equity, financial services, law firms, and other professional service companies and investment vehicles focusing on  technology in what is called Silicon Valley.  

Facebook with its 6,600 workers, is a major employer who moved its headquarters to the former campus of Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park in December 2011.


Menlo Park is one of the most highly educated cities in California and the United States, with nearly 70% of its residents having earned a degree. It is the home of global business leaders and innovative startups.

Senior travelers will find Menlo Park between the major metropolitan areas of San Francisco and San Jose. Menlo Park is home to a little over 32,000 residents in its 19 square miles.

 Seniors Enjoy Tree City USA


The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the San Francisco metropolitan area. The word “Menlo” is derived from the former home of two Irish immigrants, Menlo in County Galway, Ireland.

 One of the first things senior visitors notice about Menlo Park is all its gorgeous trees, especially the California Live Oaks – the city tree. This is a city that is justly proud of its “Tree City USA” nickname with over 20,000 publicly maintained beautiful trees.

Bayfront Park – the largest in the city at 160+ acres – offers gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay and the Federal Wildlife Preserve on Greco Island. Burgess Park caters to the sports-oriented visitor.

800px-downtown_menlo_park_california Seniors Also Enjoy Rich Historical Heritage

The stunning natural surroundings of the city afford views of the San Francisco Bay to the east and the Pacific Coastal Range to the west. Menlo Park’s climate is moderate to warm, with an average of 265 sunny days a year.

Menlo Park area‘s rich historical heritage is reflected in Ardenwood Historic Farm and the Dunsmuir Historic Estate. Senior oenophiles can choose from Chouinard Vineyards, the Kathryn Kennedy Winery, the Elliston Vineyards, and the Westover Vineyards.


Don’t miss the Menlo Park Station that was originally built in 1867 by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad. During the 1890s Southern Pacific added Victorian Ornamentation to the depot in order to make it appear more attractive to students and visitors to Stanford University. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and became a California Historical Landmark in 1983.

Enjoy your stop in Menlo Park when you are in the San Francisco area. -jeb

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