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In fact, your potential for scenic views will be higher on virtually any mode of transportation other than the bus (plane, train, private car, boat). There is quite stunning scenery along the coast. Amtrak's Coast Starlight follows some of it, between San Luis Obispo and Oxnard, and a seat can be had for as little as $60 coach. But keep in mind that this ...


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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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Is visiting San Francisco viable in 5.5 hours? Only to do a drive through and not a very thorough one. Let's assume that you have your bags checked all the way through the destination and let's further assume that flights will be on time and let's even further assume that there is no traffic going to and from the airport. Under these circumstances it ...


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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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TL;DR: Hire only on the days you're likely to need it. You'll almost certainly want a car if you want to get out of the city (Marin, Santa Cruz, Napa, redwoods etc), but if all you're doing is exploring the city, a car is unlikely to be worth the hassle. Getting around the city center with a combination of public transport, Uber and your own feet is easy, ...


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Yes. Absolutely. Almost all that you mention and tips can be paid using credit cards in almost all of the USA. SFO is a major metro and I cannot think of any establishment which will not happily take your money in the credit card format. It helps to keep a few bucks in cash and the only areas that I think you will require cash for are : Alms : If you love ...


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[So tempted to answer this with, "let me know when and I'll pick you up," but that doesn't answer the question for Googlers down the line, does it?] If you're looking for public transportation in the greater San Francisco Bay area, the place to start is always 511.org. A little looking around there will lead you to the Golden Gate Transit site, where you ...


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Almost all major hotels will do this. Conference centres will also make rooms available, especially if you are a conference attendee. The Moscone Center can provide these - they can also provide connection services if you also wanted to Skype from the room as well.


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You likely won't be able to fit into a "normal" cab, however SFO normally has a good assortment of types of cabs available, ranging from those with just larger trunks up to minivans and the like. There are generally taxi marshaling staff at the airport who will be able to assign you to a taxi that will work for you. Keep in mind that a cab to the South Bay ...


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It's do-able, but you won't get a lot of time in the city. Unless you feel like paying for a taxi, your best option to get to the city is BART which leaves directly from the Airport. Presuming you're there on a weekday, BART leaves every 15 minutes (20-25 minutes evenings and weekends), and takes about 30 mins to the city. Allowing time to get from your ...


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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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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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I am not convinced it is really related to travel, but in fact, there is an option if you are near Palo Alto Caltrain Station. SamTrans (San Mateo County Transit District) offers some night buses between San Francisco (Financial District) and Palo Alto Caltrain station. This is the line 397 that has 3 buses per night from Palo Alto Caltrain station, ...


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What's quickest will depend on exactly when you want to leave, but as a rough idea BART + CalTrain is likely to be simplest (even if bus/buses might be faster depending on your exact arrival time) For the CalTrain down to Mountain View, you have a few trains an hour in the week (more in peak hours). Most of these stop at Millbrae, a few stop at San Bruno. ...


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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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Yes, Muni tokens are still valid on SF Muni buses and trams as of February 2013. When boarding a bus or a streetcar, put a token in the cash farebox and get your proof of payment from the driver. In the Market Street tunnel, you can use a token to purchase a single ticket from the vending machines. You cannot use tokens to load a Clipper card (even a ...


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You can rent a conference room from a company like Regus. They have many locations in San Francisco.


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Greetings from San Francisco. You can't get Clipper at most BART stations, but you do have a couple of alternatives: Muni ticket vending machines, found at all Muni metro stations (which are all over the city center) All SF outlets of Walgreens, a ubiquitous pharmacy chain Plus a bunch of random neighbourhood stores etc, there's a handy map/locator on ...


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The answer naturally depends on where in Oakland you'll be and where in SF you need to get to, but the ferry seems an obvious alternative: San Francisco Bay Ferry Two terminals in Oakland, and three in more-or-less central SF. $6.25 a pop cash, or $4.75 with a Clipper. The more boring alternative is buses (see Transit.511.org), which are apparently ...


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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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Look on www.airbnb.com. We have used this service several times and have never been disappointed. It isn't a hostel, but you can still get rooms pretty cheap. It is because of this service that we no longer use hotels.


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Unfortunately that's how it is. You can look at this site for clipper info and what can be loaded on it, but it seems that you have already. Here's the info about BART fares. You can buy the "High Value Discount" tickets in person in several places, you don't have to order it by mail necessarily. These are central locations which you undoubtedly are going to ...


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August Outside Lands Festival Music, Food, Wine, Beer, & Art Festival in Golden Gate Park. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival The genius of Shakespeare in San Francisco's most relaxing setting. Admission is free every Saturday and Sunday through the month of September. Arrive early for a good seat; shows begin at 1:30pm. San Jose Jazz Festival With ...


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Fairly obviously, yes, you will see more. There's the long road, the bits of the coast, the various small town you travel through or past. Then there's the passengers. I find you'll either get 'weirdos', or you'll meet some really interesting people to talk to. People seem more keen to chat on buses than on planes, for some reason. Trains even more so ...


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Almost certainly the bus + hostel option will be cheapest, however don't rule out the possibility of flying - it won't be cheaper, but it will save you a lot of time. SFO/LAX/LAS are highly competitive routes for airlines, and it's not uncommon to find very cheap fares, especially if you can be a bit flexible in terms of which day you're traveling. For ...


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I'd suggest the Lucky Juju Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda. It's pricey and also loud, so if you plan to spend a few hours there, take earplugs! If you're carrying a laptop or other Internet-enabled device, you might enjoy spending a few hours in a coworking location or hackerspace.


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From my own experience it is often more entertaining to have a trip somewhere downtown, eat something nice or even meet some friend for 2-3 hours and going back than being stuck in an airport for that long. Unless you know a good place to stay at the airport where you can sleep, have internet access or other means of passing the time, it is probably more ...


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As a correction to HappyBuddha's answer, the San Francisco Bay Area has many toll bridges, and they do not accept credit cards at the toll booth. The main alternative to cash on the toll bridges is FasTrak, an electronic tolling system. You buy a transponder (grocery stores often sell them) and link it to your credit card. If you rent a car, it will ...


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Last time we toured the Bay Area, we rented a car at SFO and drove to and stayed in the outlying areas (San Jose, Napa, and Monterey) before we explored downtown SF. Once we returned to SF, we returned the rental car to the airport, took transit back to our hotel, and "finished" our vacation. Like any other major city, getting around by car is an exercise ...



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