From Valley to Silicon

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“Silicon Valley is a geographic area located in Northern California that includes 12 cities where the main technology companies in the world are headquartered: San José, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo and San Bruno. This area is covered by driving through the iconic 101 or 280 freeways, which connect the San Francisco Bay area from South to North, or by train (Caltrain ) that goes from the municipality of Gilroy in the south, to the city of San Francisco in the north of the Bay.

In this series we collect the main attractions of Silicon Valley and its surroundings for those who plan to visit the Bay. To get the most out of a visit to Silicon Valley, you need to consider the following:

  • Time available for the visit, especially considering the proximity between the sites to be visited, since travel in this area can be delayed due to long distances and especially on working days during hours of traffic congestion.
  • Hours of operation: Some of the sites to visit have operating hours restrictions, therefore it is important to make sure you know them beforehand considering the time you want to spend on the visit.
  • Cost of admission to sites of interest. Some of the venues offer preferential rates for students and seniors.
  • Parking: If you rent a car it is important to know the available parking options that facilitate movement, taking into account that there are parking restrictions in some areas. It is a good idea to have coins (quarters) available and / or an international credit card to pay for the parking meters located on the platforms. Most of these parking meters have hours of operation, so it is important to read the parking meter label before leaving the vehicle parked.
  • Public transportation: Local transportation options and schedules also vary depending on the day of the week:

Caltrain : Train that travels the bay from South to North (parallel to the 101 and 280 freeways) – see station map and schedules . Before boarding the train, you must buy a ticket at the dispensers located on the platform. The price of the ticket varies depending on the distance traveled (delimited by zones that group a set of stations). You can buy a single trip ticket, a ticket valid for a whole day (for an unlimited number of trips during the day), an 8 trip ticket or a ticket for the whole month – see rates here . When buying the ticket, the machine requires knowing the origin zone and the destination zone to identify the rate to be loaded. The ticket is not presented when boarding the train, but once on the route, an inspection agent goes through the train carriages checking that all passengers carry a valid ticket with them.

    • MUNI : It is the public transportation system of the city of San Francisco. It has buses, light trains and the traditional cable cars. See timetables, rates and maps here . You must buy a valid ticket at the dispensers located in the stations or platforms before getting on the buses or trains.

    • BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) : It is the rapid public transportation system that runs through part of the city of San Francisco and connects it with the East Bay (Oakland) and with the south of the Bay (until the municipality of Millbrae). See schedules and rates here . You must buy a valid ticket at the dispensers located in the stations or platforms before getting on the buses or trains. There is a BART station at the San Francisco airport, which can be taken to get into the city (take the Air Train that stops at each terminal, heading to Garage G where the BART station is located).

    • Lyft / Uber: These are applications to request transportation services on demand. These services are very popular in this area, and are the most effective when you need public transportation in Silicon Valley.

    • Taxi: It is not easy to hail taxis on the street and usually must be requested 20-30 minutes before needing the service by phone or using a mobile app. However, taxis are usually available located at each Caltrain station.

  • Coat: The Pacific Ocean generates strong waves of cold wind that are uncomfortable when you do not have a suitable coat. We therefore recommend carrying a coat and scarf during visits, even during the summer season (light scarf). Even on a sunny day, the temperature drops considerably after the sun goes down.

  • Hydration: As in any visit plan, it is ideal to have good hydration, appropriate clothing for the tours and sunscreen.

  • Identification : There may be age restrictions to attend certain sites, therefore we recommend loading the identification document at all times.

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