Are you a little freaky? If the answer is yes, you can’t miss this geek route through Silicon Valley on your West Coast trip.
When we were in San Francisco we were clear, we wanted to visit each and every one of the companies that almost move the world at the moment: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple …
And we also included some freaks like visiting the garage where Steve Jobs and Wozniak created the first Apple, the prestigious Stanford University and a few more.
And being there you ask yourself, what will the water they drink here have for there to be so much talent?
Update On our last visit to the U.S. West Coast in 2019 and after routing from Los Angeles to San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway and the Big Sur, we came back to see how everything had changed and update this post by the way! 🙂
GEEK ROUTE THROUGH SILICON VALLEY:
Garage where they created the first Apple
NASA Research Center
Computer History Museum
The Birthplace of Silicon Valley (HP Garage)
SILICON VALLEY GEEK ROUTE
It’s hard to get into Apple Park if you don’t know someone who works there, but they’ve created a cool Visitor Center, with the only Apple store that sells Apple brand merchandising and you won’t be able to buy it at any other Apple store.
You can also visit the cafeteria and see a model of Apple Park in augmented reality.
Apple Park Address: 10600 N Tantau Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014
Apple Store in Apple Park | Silicon Valley Geek TourApple Park Visitor Center Cafeteria
GARAGE WHERE THEY CREATED THE FIRST APPLE
This humble garage was the birthplace of the entire Apple universe.
In this house lived Steve Jobs with his family and together with Wozniak created the famous Apple I in 1976. There are signs that indicate the prohibition of taking pictures stepping on the patio, it seems they are tired of seeing freaks (like us) taking pictures of their garage.
First Apple Garage Address: 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024
Garage first Apple
There is a small museum that tells the whole history of Intel and some technological advances. I was bored like an oyster here, but David is interested in these things and I enjoy them.
Intel Museum Address: 2200 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Geek Path | Intel
NASA RESEARCH CENTER
We were unlucky enough to arrive when they had just closed (they close at 4 pm). You can visit the “Ames Exploration Center” where they exhibit a lunar rock, a meteorite and screens where they show some expeditions from the Nasa to the moon.
You can find more info on their website: Ames Research Center
Address Ames Research Center: Naval Air Station, Moffett Field – Mountain View, CA 94035
NASA Research Center
COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM:
This museum is a freak in itself and although it has some interesting things, I have to confess that I was also a little bored. David loves technology and also enjoyed that you don’t see the visit.
The entrance cost us $17.5 per person and we had to go back the next day because the day we made the route we arrived late and had closed.
More info in: Computer History Museum
Address Computer History Museum: 1401 N Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, CA 94043
Apple 1| Computer History Museum, Silicon Valley
It also has a souvenir shop with a variety of foreign objects and freaks like this pack of napkins.
Silicon Valley napkin
GOOGLE, the coolest stop on the Silicon Valley geek route
And finally we got to Google one of the best known and most eager to visit our entire geek route through Silicon Valley.
We couldn’t get inside it either (you must have an invitation from someone who works there), but it’s like a small town, you can walk its streets or take one of the famous free bikes that your employees use to get around and are everywhere!
Google and Android monuments
The only part you can visit is the souvenir shop with products from Google, Youtube and Android, we thought things would be expensive but have very affordable prices!
Googleplex Address: 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy Mountain View, CA 94043Android Souvenir and Monument Store Address: 1981 Landings Dr, Mountain View
In the Google Souvenir ShopIn the Google Souvenir Shop
UNIVERSITY OF STANDFORD:
I have no idea why we only have this photo there, but it’s really amazing to walk around the campus. A must-see on the Silicon Valley geek route!
Many of the creators of all these great companies passed through here.
Address Stanford University: 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
THE BIRTHPLACE OF SILICON VALLEY (HP GARAGE)
What is Silicon Valley’s birthplace.
Where William R. Hewlett and David Packard, much better known today by HP, created their famous company here.
There is a plaque where it says that property has been included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Address HP Garage: 367 Addison Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
The birthplace of Silicon ValleyHP garage, Silicon Valley’s birthplace
Although you can’t go inside, you can go for a walk around the enclosure, take a picture with his famous thumb and go with 1000 eyes in case you cross Zuckerberg, they say it’s not very difficult, although we didn’t have that luck.
Facebook Address: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Facebook | Geek Route through Silicon Valley
Twitter is not in Silicon Valley but is in a busy street in San Francisco and all we could do was photograph their poster, we do not know if it is possible to make some kind of visit to see it inside.
Twitter Address: 1355 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Twitter, San Francisco
Map of the geek route through Silicon Valley:
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And here’s our geek route through Silicon Valley!
There are many things to see and do in San Francisco but if you have time, you like technology and you’re a bit freaky, don’t miss the Silicon Valley route, we had a great time! 🙂
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