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Silicon Valley in Palo Alto
Distance from hotel: 5.40 miles
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From High Tech To Low Key - experience Silicon Valley

Spanning over 20 miles in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley is a vibrant destination filled with high-tech companies like Apple and Google and endless big-city attractions. Visitors enjoy access to plenty of diversions, from professional sports and museums to outdoor activities and cultural events. Take in a San Jose Sharks hockey game or cheer for the 49ers NFL team at Levi's Stadium. Learn about California heritage at Mission San Jose or take the kids to the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. Get some culture at the Palo Alto Art Center or explore the world of science and technology at the Tech Museum of Innovation. Explore boutiques in the Stanford Shopping Center or ride the coasters at California's Great America. Silicon Valley has it all.
 

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Events

  • Palo Alto Festival Of The Arts
  • San Jose Jazz Festival
  • Los Altos Art & Wine Festival
  • Milpitas International BBQ & Festival
  • Christmas In The Park
  • Obon Festival
 
 

Activities

  • Museums & Historic Landmarks
  • Wineries
  • Professional Sports
  • Science & Technology
  • Theater & Dance
  • Shopping & Dining
 

FAQs

  • What cities make up the Silicon Valley?

    Silicon Valley is a 20-mile stretch of the Bay Area that is home to around three million people. Covering portions of northwestern Santa Clara County and the southern areas of Alameda and San Mateo Counties, major cities in Silicon Valley include Redwood City, Palo Alto, Milpitas, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and San Jose.
  • Where did Silicon Valley get its name?

    Always a center of innovation and technology, Silicon Valley began its foray into technology and research at Stanford University and the Sunnyvale US Naval Airbase. In the 1950s, innovators began researching the silicon transistor and the computer semiconductor was born. In 1971, as electronics and computer companies began to spring up in the region, Ralph Vaerst, the founder of Ion Equipment Corp., suggested the name to an Electronic News reporter and it stuck. Today, Silicon Valley is a hub of research.
 

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