Discover the Top Tech Sites & Things to Do in Silicon Valley
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Top Tech Attractions & Things to Do in Silicon Valley
Over 6,000 tech companies make their home in Silicon Valley, the undisputed world capital of innovation, venture capital, social media, and everything technology. From San Jose to Palo Alto, the people here are shaping the future of the world. Get out and explore some of the interesting high-tech sites and things to do in Silicon Valley – they're everywhere. Start your tour by cruising down Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, just south of Stanford University. Look around: you're surrounded by the venture capital companies that funded the biggest names in tech today. Office space here is the most expensive on the planet.
Computer History Museum: From Ancient Tools to Modern Toys
Did you know that the history of computers goes back 2,000 years? Explore a thrilling collection of computer-related artifacts at this Mountain View museum, from photographs and videos to lab notebooks and some of the world's first computers – including one that took up an entire room. See ancient abacuses and self-driving cars, 1890 census punch cards and clunky prototypes. There's also a giant calculator from 1980 plus a World War II ENIGMA decryption device. Follow the story of the computer revolution and listen to first-hand stories of the innovators that pushed it forward – and who created the high-tech hub of Silicon Valley.
The Tech Interactive Center: Robots, Lasers & Virtual Reality
Located next to the Plaza de Cesar Chavez in Downtown San Jose, "The Tech" is a family-friendly science and technology center with hands-on exhibits and labs. Featuring a landmark building designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, The Tech (formerly known as the Tech Museum of Innovation) is a place where you can build robots, watch proto-typers work, explore virtual reality, and see a digital anatomy table. It's also home to one of the world's most advanced IMAX Dome theaters, with a four-story wraparound screen, laser projection, and 12,000 watts of surround sound. Inspire your sense of creativity, curiosity, and imagination at this innovative attraction.
Famous Garages Where Billion-Dollar Tech Companies Were Born
Three of today's most recognizable tech brands were first dreamed up by innovators working out of dusty garages: Apple, Google, and HP. While you can't go inside these garages, you can take pictures from the street. And besides, their attraction lies in their symbolic ordinariness. Part of unassuming middle-class homes throughout Silicon Valley, these garages have become icons of the American Dream – that anyone can strike it rich with enough gumption and hard work.
Steve Jobs Garage – Apple's creator grew up in this house in the ‘burbs, where in 1976 he would put together the first computer with help from Steve Wozniak and a handful of neighborhood kids. Today, it's a protected historical site. (2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024)
Google Garage – Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page rented this garage in 1998 while they were living in dorms nearby at Stanford University. Over the span of one winter, they would create the tech company that now drives Internet search. Google now owns the home. (232 Santa Margarita Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
HP Garage – Once upon a time in 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard had their first meeting in this garage, which is really more like a shed. They didn't just establish a tech company that would change the world, they established a new high-tech epicenter: the Birthplace of Silicon Valley. (367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301)
High-Tech Headquarters: Apple Visitor Center & The Googleplex
True Apple aficionados will find some intriguing sites to explore in Silicon Valley. Mere mortals can't go inside the new Apple headquarters building in Cupertino, a private campus enclosed in a giant spaceship-style building that covers an entire block. There's even a forest inside. But you can go to the Apple Park Visitor Center, which is right across the street. It features Apple exhibitions, including a model of the headquarters building, plus augmented reality tours of its interior. There's also a sweet Apple store with exclusive merchandise, and a coffee shop/café for your espresso fix. Are you more of an Android fan? Head to the Googleplex, Google's corporate headquarters. Wander around the tree-lined campus and check out all the cheeky public artwork and lawn sculptures. Nearby at the company store, you can purchase Google-themed toys and office supplies.
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