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Mountain View is one of main cities in Silicon Valley, the innovation and technology hub of California. It’s the global headquarters of Google, and the city has developed to accommodate the 21st-century boom in the region. That means there are music venues, movie theaters, family attractions and more. The Computer History Museum is a particularly fascinating spot for anyone interested in the story of computers and how they’ve changed the world.
Mountain View, as with many Californian cities, is easiest to navigate with the aid of a rental car. Pick one up through Orbitz and start exploring the bay area.
Mountain View is just one tech-friendly stop around Silicon Valley. Drive your rental car to visit these innovative destinations.
The city of Cupertino is most famous as the home of Apple, who have a glossy campus near the city center. You can’t explore the HQ, but you can stop by their visitor center, which features augmented reality experiences, an Apple store, and a roof deck with views of the town. Cupertino also offers quick access to walks in the hills. Follow the trails to the top of Maisie’s Peak for serenity away from the city.
Journey time: Around 10 minutes
Distance: Approximately five miles
Busy San Jose is where you’ll find dozens of start-ups and tech innovators. If you’re here as a tourist, don’t miss the city’s Tech Museum of Innovation, an interactive and exciting museum that shows just how much humans can achieve with technology these days. Exhibits cover topics such as tech for global good, how augmented reality can show us inside the body, and the future of robotics.
Journey time: Around 20 minutes
Distance: Approximately 15 miles
The tourist sights of San Francisco could lead you to forget that Twitter, Dolby and more have their headquarters in the city. There’s a constant buzz in the downtown region, where you’ll also find the impressive City Hall building and the critically acclaimed Asian Art Museum. Nearby, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Children’s Creativity Museum compete for space on your itinerary.
Journey time: Around 50 minutes
Distance: Approximately 45 miles