When people mention Silicon Valley what’s the first thing that comes to mind? People carrying laptops? But before the iPod, this area between San Jose and San Francisco was probably more iChill than anything else, but even now you can find places in Silicon Valley that open the mind as well as relax it for a period of time…

The Facebook Campus

We may as well get this out of the way! While it’s not possible to visit the campus properly unless you know someone on the inside but many tourists visit the campus to pose in front of the sign of the world famous thumb all year round.

Buck’s of Woodside

Not far from the Sand Hill Road, this Eatery is a popular go-to for many a Silicon Valley worker and offer many foodie favorites, from omelets to burgers and the tasty hot crab with melted cheddar, which is the most popular sandwich. Fact: the incorporation of Hotmail, as well as the first demonstration of PayPal, was in this quirky eatery!

The HP Garage

Hailed as the “birthplace of Silicon Valley,” the HP Garage in Palo Alto was the first home of the Hewlett-Packard company which pioneered many technological breakthroughs, from oscillators to printers. While you’re in Palo Alto, you need to take some time to hike in the hills to the west, take in the grandiosity of Stanford University, as well as go shopping. The many hotels off the El Camino Real include some luxurious places and such as the nest which is located near to Stanford University, which you can check out at nestpaloalto.com for more information. Palo Alto has some beautiful sites which you can only see by taking a trail into the hills of the west such as the trail at the Stanford University Radio Telescope (known as “The Dish”), as well as Crazy Pete’s Hike, named after a miner who lived in Coal Creek preserve.

The Computer History Museum

Located right in the middle of Silicon Valley in Mountain View, this is the best way to see how far we’ve come when it comes to computerized technology. Go on computerhistory.org for more information, and you can see how the computer has developed from when it used to take up a whole room all the way through to the handheld smart phones we all use today. If you don’t think playing Pong on its original terminal is exciting enough, there are still plenty of places to go in Mountain View, such as the farmer’s market which sell fantastic fresh produce, as well as plenty of live music to liven the atmosphere. If you like a bit of culture the TheatreWorks company put on high quality plays for the keen play-goer.

Steve Jobs’ Garage

While not a tourist attraction, the Los Altos garage where Steve Jobs and his partner in crime Steve Wozniak finalized the first 50 Apple computers may prove to be an irresistible draw for a tech aficionado. You may get inspired and think about starting your own tech empire!

For the person wanting to open their minds as well as having a relaxing time soaking up the glorious sun, Silicon Valley has it all!

Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.