Silicon Valley

Let your high-tech eyewear or smartphone guide you down the tree-lined streets and seemingly endless footpaths and trails of this high-tech region.

People may have called this area Santa Clara Valley and “Valley of Heart’s Delight” in the past, but these days every adjacent neighborhood and city wants to claim membership to the coveted Silicon Valley Club. With headquarters of envelope-pushing Fortune 500 companies like Google, Yahoo!, Apple, Intel, and eBay, people here look at business—and life—a little differently. Join locals in a game of foosball, enjoying a midday nap, or sipping an organic, fair-trade, half-caf soy macchiato—and that’s just in the breakroom at work.

What to do in Silicon Valley outside the office may not immediately obvious. The place is known for innovative technology and business after all, which are exactly what inspire most people to “get away” in the first place. But bear with this rapidly evolving area, because looking back is all part of looking ahead. Don’t believe us? Then believe this: the HP Garage, the place that started the valley down its path to tech-topia, is an official state historical site. Bring your Apple, Google, or Windows phone (they all have William Hewitt and David Packard to thank) to snap photos of this world-changing site as part of a Silicon Valley tech tour.

Looking for tech-free things to do in Silicon Valley? No problem, dude. Travel back in time—long before the first personal computer was even a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye—to Mission Santa Clara. Lace up your hiking boots and stomp around the hills in Almaden Quicksilver County Park (psst, bring your smartwatch for GPS tracking. We won’t tell).

It’s said that modern inventors and scientists have stood on the backs of giants. We’re happy to offer Silicon Valley vacation packages that are easily bookable online, thanks to tech giants like those in this forward-thinking city. Three cheers for technology, even if all you want to use it for is to “get away”!