MCQMC 2016, Stanford
12th International Conference on Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo
  Methods in Scientific Computing. Stanford, California, August 14-19, 2016
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Extra things to do in and around Stanford University

Here are some ideas for things to see and do near the campus. If you are here with your loved ones who are not attending the conference there are some day trips that they might like including some things suitable for kids. Those are also worth thinking of if you are tacking on a vacation before or after the meeting.

MCQMC 2016 takes place in August in California. For outdoor activities, be sure to have water and good sun protection (hats and/or sunscreen).

From tripadvisor

Things to do in Palo Alto

Things to do in Mountain View (Computer History Museum is good.)

Things to do in California

From local organizers

Stanford theater

It plays movies from Hollywood's golden age; a lot of movies from the 1920s to 1950s. It is right in downtown Palo Alto. There is a Wurlitzer organ. Overlaps dinner time. Two Maurice Chevalier movies during beginning of conference.

The dish

In the hills above Stanford campus there is The Dish. It is a 46 meter radio telescope. It is a beautiful place to hike. Parking is a bit tricky on weekends. If you are jetlagged and up early then it might be a good place to take a morning walk (August opening time is 6am). It is 4 miles (6.5 km). You get a good view of the area. Stanford's dish web site   Everytrail   Wikipedia


Before or after the conference there are lots of good places to bicycle in the area. Bikes might also be a good way to get around during the meeting. Here is Stanford's bicycling page. Serious cyclists might like the foothills above Stanford. Very serious cyclists might bike to the coast and back. (This is not meant to challenge anybody!)

Farther afield

The following are interesting places to visit just before or just after the conference. Some of them might also make good side trips for loved ones who have come out to the meeting with you.

The Tech Museum

This is a museum focused on science and technology, including lots of connections to Silicon Valley memes. It is in San Jose. Very suitable for kids.

Point Reyes National Seashore

This national park service site is beautiful and geologically interesting. It could take 3 hours to drive each way, so an overnight stay might be easier.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

This is a really great aquarium. It is about 2 hours drive when traffic is low, so it could be a long day. It is fun and educational for kids and very interesting for adults. The cafe inside is good. Buying tickets online sometimes saves a line up at the door.

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Stanford images: Hoover tower, Li Ka Shing center, the dish