The California city of Mountain View, situated between the San Francisco Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains, lies 10 miles north of San Jose and 35 miles south of San Francisco.
The English translation of the Spanish word ‘Palo Alto’ is ‘Tall Tree’. The Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area is littered with redwood trees called El Palo Alto.
San Fransisco County
San Francisco, in northern California, is a city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It’s known for its hilly landscape, year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses.
San Mateo County
San Mateo County is a county located in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 718,451. The county seat is Redwood City.
The Spanish word alameda means “a place where poplar trees grow,” a name originally given to the Arroyo de la Alameda (Poplar Grove Creek). The willow and sycamore trees along the banks of the river reminded the early explorers of a road lined with trees, also known as an alameda.
Contra Costa County was one of the original 27 counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. The county was originally to be called Mt. Diablo County, but the name was changed prior to incorporation as a county.