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I think Death Valley is not more dangerous than other landscapes with some precautions, so some advices with addition from the offical link Drive carefully. The monotonous landscape can easily lull you into being unresponsive and the lack of visual cues means that you are in danger to drive much too fast without recognizing it. This leads to sudden crashes ...


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You will definitely want to visit Weird Stuff, which is an enormous warehouse of all kinds of discarded technology located in Sunnyvale. It's a bit out there, but very worth it. If you're interested in doing any archival research, you might also want to schedule an appointment with Stanford's Silicon Valley Archives.


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You should definitively go to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View and especially check out the Stackoverflow plaque in the Computer History Museum Wall. See also the Meta SO thread about it.


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The answer is most definitely NO. The fuel prices could be different from station to station some time from block to block and gas stations across the street from each other may have different prices for the same grade of fuel. Reasons for this may vary from local rents and taxes to the ownership of a particular gas station. Case in point close to me ...


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The area you will cover is a bit broad but there are generally rules that you can follow: If you see the No Overnight Parking sign that has an obvious meaning. There are plenty of roadside motels and camping grounds where you can park overnight and sleep. The municipalities may institute their own rules for overnight parking and sleeping in cars so when ...


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California has some rigorous laws against vagrancy and homelessness and depending upon local ordinances or just plain bad luck you could be in for a nightmare. If you have to do it, try to be outside the city limits. Based upon what you wrote, you will most likely have a license plate that identifies a rent-a-car. That will flag up as unusual for anybody ...


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(Sorry for the late answer) I've spent about 3 months over the course of a few trips (2 months on my first trip), and I had a list of places I wanted to see. Not all of them are 'attractions' or the usual, but nevertheless something as a geek that's been looking at the things going on in Silicon Valley from a far most of my life I wanted to see: Computer ...


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No and no. Each location sets its own price for different prices of gasoline (and diesel and kerosene, where they are available). This is true both of independent stations and those branded with a national chain (e.g. Exxon, Shell, Chevron, 7-11, Sunoco, and so on). Most gas stations in the U.S. are independent franchise operations— most people, including ...


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I am not sure of that comment on air-conditioning, as when i have been in Vegas looking at trips like this all the rental companies said i would need to use air-conditioning in and around Death Valley! You definitely want a well maintained car, so use a reputable hire company, and you should let your contacts know your route and expected time of arrival at ...


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Death Valley is one of my favorite National Parks, but I always take a few extra precautions when driving through there. Stop at the first Target or supermarket you see and buy a case (24 bottles) of water for each person. It only costs a few dollars and may save your life. You'll end up drinking it once you've left the park anyway. If you have a choice ...


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Regarding ID: they do not need id. Source: TSA Blog Regarding written consent: It is definitely a good idea but is not a strict requirement any more than if you were driving. Nobody would ask unless one of the kids tries to make a huge scene, yelling "you're not my parent", etc. International travel would be a different matter.


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If you are not planning to stay in California permanently, you can continue to use your New Jersey license. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/dl_info.htm#two500 If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license from your home state or country, you may drive in this state without getting a California driver license as long as your home ...


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If you love arcade games, you should get a bundle of quarters and go to the Musée Mécanique (Linking to yelp because their official site has auto playing music :S).


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Don't sleep in your car in cities and suburbs in California. Most have local laws covering this, and I wouldn't consider it safe, especially in a new-looking car. Consider getting out of the cities (which can be very unfriendly places) to smaller towns and more countryside. There can often be free camping spots in parks. One resource for free camping is ...


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I wouldn't read too much into it. First and foremost, Solvang is a big tourist trap. This "Danish" town prominently features, for example, a store famous for its collection of German cuckoo clocks and a museum of mostly British motorcycles. You'll no doubt find Delft plates for sale there for the same reason you find T-shirt shops; it's a cheap souvenir, and ...


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I'm surprised noone mentioned the book Geek Silicon Valley It's been a long while since I read it, and it's 5 years out of date (which is a pretty long time in valley terms), but it has a lot of the sort of thing you're looking for. I agree with other answers, by the way - the Musee Mecanique, the Computer History Museum, and Weird Stuff are all good ...


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As others have stated, the easy answer is absolutely not. A very handy resource that is user-maintained/updated (similar to wikipedia) is the GasBuddy app: Apple Android


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I'm not going to try and answer this any better then FoxNews Article did. The gist of the story is basically that car rental companies are getting at least some money from their fleet even if you cancel or don't show up. From what I just gathered on Avis the cancellation fees are $25.00 if you do it more then 6 hours before or $100 if you are a No Show or ...


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Just on a side note, California is on the west coast ;-) Most places aren't overly busy during the summer, but in SF and Napa the hotels book up quickly, so I would reserve. Booking hotels in California isn't necessary, but you'll pay the rack rate which is significantly higher then booking ahead. Also, the drive isn't that long from SF to LA, about 6-7 ...


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As has been extensively reported elsewhere, Canadian taxes and fees are considerably higher for air travel than American taxes and fees. On the one hand, the U.S. subsidizes its airports (for example, supplying TSA agents and FAA air traffic controllers) allowing them to charge lower rents and passenger facility charges than their Canadian counterparts; ...


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As @KateGregory mentioned you could fly to Buffalo for around 400 USD (roundtrip price, 7 nights). The cheapest prices you will find in the first day of October at the moment: To get from Buffalo to Toronto you can use Megabus. I did the same journey 3 weeks ago and it is quite convenient and it costs at the moment only 12.50 CAD (one-way price). It will ...


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The two main ways to get there via boat are via Island Packers who leave out of Ventura, or Truth Aquatics who leave out of Santa Barbara. If you're scuba diving, Truth is great, but for most trips, Island Packers is cheaper and has a better schedule. You can also fly to Santa Rosa island, which has a small dirt runway, accessible from the Camarillo airport. ...


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They have a tech museum in San Jose that may be quite savvy, atleast to your tastes. Of course, you should also visit Palo Alto, not just restricted to Stanford University; it is place known for youthful energy and budding entrepreneurship that is characteristic of the Silicon Valley.


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It all depends on the weight of your baggage and its size. Luggage Forward quotes about $1300-$1500 for the standard size bags (50lb). Luggage Free offers $7.75/lb so to get to $2000 you will need to ship about 260lbs. Discount Shipping charges $560/150lb for the door-to-door service. So depending on how much stuff you ship it could come out more ...


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Like anywhere you travel, it pays to be prepared. When in an area with extreme temperatures, this is even more important. Travelling in any desert, you want to check some things on the car: make sure you have enough gas to get to where you want to go. Confirm where the next gas station is. check the tyre pressure and make sure the spare is in good ...


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It depends on if you are a visitor or if you are a Californian resident. Visitors are allowed to use their foreign driver's licence without limitation. If you become a resident of California, you must obtain a Californa driver's license within 10 days. Source: California DMV


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There are a few private shuttle services serving the Eastern Sierras listed here that might be able to get you to Mammoth Lakes from Reno. They may be pretty expensive. The Eastern Sierras are sparsely populated and there is not much in the way of public transportation. Note that flying to RNO in many cases would require a connection at a hub anyway, and ...


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If you want to go shopping for memorabilia, the Seaport Village and the Horton Plaza (prepare to not easily find your way out) are pretty good bets, as well as the Gaslamp Quarter, where you'll find plenty of dining opportunities (as a meat-eater, I cannot help you with vegan options). For museums, I very much recommend you take the bus to Balboa Park, ...


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I was a night auditor (see a night in the life of a night auditor) at two different hotels on the Central Coast of California (specifically, San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach) in the mid-1990s. While some things (mostly the technology) has changed, most things are about the same. It would really help to know where you will be traveling, because California is ...


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There is the Bay Model Visitor Center. It is a huge warehouse with a model of the bay and all water. Although the model is quite old and inaccurate by today's standards, it shows the efforts required to study the water movements prior to computer simulations. It is controversial - I liked it, my colleague didn't. Don't expect much interaction there. ...



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