Top 3 Places in Silicon Valley That Every Tech-y Traveler Should Visit
Every technology-loving traveler should spend at least some time in Silicon Valley visiting places that have literally changed the world. This area is the home of both Google and Facebook, and the locations of several groundbreaking events, such as the founding of the Apple computer. If you’re in the area for vacation or business and want to see some of the area’s tech-related highlights, here are our three recommendations.
1) Steve Jobs’ Old Garage - 2066 Crist Dr, Los Altos, CA 94024
One of the “holiest” of sites for Apple fans is Steve Jobs’ childhood home. This is where he came up with the idea for the Apple computer, and where he built the first prototype. Although there are rumors that this garage is where Jobs and his Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, completed the first shipment of their computers – all 50 of them – this has been found to be nothing more than an embellishment of the truth. Despite this little fact, the old Jobs’ home, located in Los Altos, is still one of the must-see Silicon Valley
2) Google’s Campus - 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043
You don’t have to work for Google to visit their campus. While you can’t go inside any of their office buildings without an employee escort, and they don’t offer official public tours of the place, you can still wander around. The Google campus, as in the entire outdoor area where the company is headquartered, is set up like a college campus. Some of the outdoor, open-to-the-public highlights include an almost to scale model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and statues representing every single Android operating system. As far as indoor locations go, feel free to peruse the Google gift shop and the visitor’s center.
3) Facebook Headquarters - 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Another important stop in Silicon Valley is the headquarters of the popular social networking site Facebook. Almost everyone is familiar with their building’s logo, which mimics the thumbs up “like” button on the website. However, this is all that people can see at the company’s famous headquarters, as it is entirely closed to the public. This doesn’t stop people from taking a selfie or group picture in front of their sign in order to prove that they’ve been there though!