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Silicon Valley


Location: Silicon Valley, United States, North America

Best time to visit: year round


What to do and what to see:

Silicon Valley in the northern portion of central California is synonymous with the term “hi-tech,” due to the area’s large number of innovative corporations based in the area. Just a few of the scores of notable residents that operate here include Adobe Systems, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Intel, PayPal, Yahoo and YouTube. A number of cities are located in Silicon Valley, including (but not limited to) Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, and a wide selection of attractions are available for travelers to take in. Several vineyards and wineries are found in the Valley, with tastings and tours available to thirsty patrons. Several types of cultural gardens are worth a stop on a tour of the Valley, including the Overfelt Gardens in San Jose, the Arizona Cactus Garden at Stanford University, and the Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. With its connection to technology, the area is of course home to several science-themed attractions, such as Googleplex in Mountain View, the Tech Museum of Innovations in San Jose, and the Lick Observatory in Mount Hamilton. The Intel Museum in Santa Clara even offers educational tours on the history of technology, and for a breathtaking view of the whole of Silicon Valley, the observation platform at the Hoover Tower is hard to beat. Several different types of theme parks are scattered throughout the region, as are dozens of venues for sports, ballet, music, shopping, and fine dining. Geocaching is a popular pastime in the mountainous area, and many of these tech-savvy explorers trek past the very businesses responsible for their gps’s, i-pods, and cell-phones. With beautiful weather year-round, tourists are sure to feel more connected than ever to their technology-driven lives after a visit to Silicon Valley.

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