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Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley does have a technological focus, which allows visitors to San Jose and the surrounding area to engage in some fascinating activities.

Silicon Valley does have a technological focus, which allows visitors to San Jose and the surrounding area to engage in some fascinating activities.

Population: 3.500.000

The Silicon Valley lies in the South Bay and the southern Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area. Once best known for its prune orchards, the area underwent explosive growth with the creation of the high-tech industry in the 1960s.

It is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations, as well as thousands of tech startup companies. The region occupies roughly the same area as the Santa Clara Valley where it is centered, including San Jose and surrounding towns. By this time, the rapid growth of the tech industry was well underway in California.

The Silicon Valley is also home to a large student population, as there are a number of universities and colleges located in this area. Whether looking for specialty museums, art galleries, eclectic shopping opportunities or visiting a winery, the Silicon Valley is guaranteed to please.

Silicon Valley weather is mild most of the year. Summers are usually dry and it’s very unusual to have a rainy summer day.  Most of the precipitation falls between November and March or April.

The temperature rarely falls to bitterly cold or rises to miserably sticky. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from around 10 °C in December and January to around 21 °C in July and August.

San Jose and the Silicon Valley have a good public transport system that is comprised of buses, light rail and suburban trains.

Bus and Light Rail: The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority runs bus and light rail services in the Valley. There are three light rail lines that run through downtown San Jose plus Santa Clara and parts of Sunnyvale. Buses serve virtually everywhere else in Silicon Valley that is worth visiting.

Suburban Train: Silicon Valley is served by two suburban train networks; Caltrain and ACE (Altamont Commuter Express).

ACE: runs between San Jose and Stockton, with connections to San Francisco's BART trains at Pleasanton. ACE stations in Silicon Valley are in San Jose, Santa Clara and Great America. The fare between San Jose and Great America is $3.50.

Caltrain: most travellers find this the easiest way to travel between San Francisco and the cities in Silicon Valley. Caltrain trains run between San Francisco and San Jose stopping at most places in the Valley. One-way tickets start at $2.50. A day pass valid for one zone is $5 

One-way ticket : $2.00

Day pass ticket : $6.00

The NASA Ames Research Center: Provides exhibits and interactive opportunities for all ages.

San Jose Flea Market:  It’s the largest open air flea market in the United States- and has over 4 million visitors each year. Stop by and shop for fresh produce, collectibles, jewelry, clothing and toys among other things. 

Santana Row: Shop, dine and enjoy the ambiance of Santana Row. This high end outdoor mall offers trendy boutique shopping, fabulous dining options, and a fun environment to meet up with friends.

Sky High Sports: Great fun for kids and adults. All of the floors and walls are made up of trampolines for you to jump around on. 

Sonoma County- Wine Country: Take the day and go for a drive to Sonoma County- just 2 hours from San Jose. Experience wine in one of California’s best wine regions.

The Intel Museum: The Intel Museum is located in Santa Clara, right at the Intel headquarters. Take a tour of Intel products and the history of the company.

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