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Silicon Valley For Nerds

6 Jul 2006  My friend John, from Minneapolis. (Hugs!)
3.0 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

If you're a nerd, you probably already live here. If not, you're probably here on business and have a few hours after the workshops. Everyone else gets a picture at Fisherman's wharf, but not you!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Palo Alto, San Jose, Mountain View
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Tourists
  • 1. Hewlett Packard garage
    Hewlett Packard Garage, Palo Alto, California

    367 Addison Ave., Palo Alto. Recently restored by the Packard foundation. Lovely neighborhood for a walk, close to downtown Palo Alto where you can get some fairly good (but often pricey) food. Downtown Mountain View is a better choice for dinner. It has almost no shopping, but if you're looking for the HP garage, you probably don't care.

  • 2. Googleplex

    No official tour, but a nice place for a walk - and you can extend your hike to the Shoreline Park trails nearby. Good trails for scooters or roller blades. Be sure to check if there is a concert at Shoreline Amphitheater- the traffic can pile up on those days.

  • 3. Fry's Electronics

    Fry's Electronics, 340 Portage Ave., Palo Alto.
    THE place to be ignored by a salesclerk in Silicon Valley. Geeky locals shop here, and half the time they do it on behalf of a timid relative afraid to go inside. For a real Silicon Valley experience, buy something just for the fun of returning it! If you're there to pick up a date, go to the Apple aisle and strike up a conversation about Ipod accessories.

  • 4. Pho Binh

    Eat like a local - nothing American. This pho place (vietnamese soup) makes me think of the Brady Bunch's basement - wood paneling and mirrors, formica tables and vinyl padded chairs. You'll forget as soon as your soup arrives. Watch the other tables to see how they pile the noodles into their spoons using chopsticks. Spice it up with Sriracha, or mellow it with lime, there's nothing more relaxing than Pho Binh for lunch. Arrive early, or late, the place is jammed at noon.

  • 5. Tech Museum of Innovation (The Tech)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California

    Great for kids 8 and up, or kids-at-heart. IMAX theater, sometimes showing theatrical releases and sometimes nature/space documentaries. Gift shop is wonderful, great place to bring home a souvenir.

  • 6. Computer History Museum
    Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California

    Right along the way to Google, you'll find this tribute to Silicon Valley in all its plywood-cased-Apple glory. For extra fun, ask to peek inside the warehouse section on the first floor. It's like the last scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.