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City of Mountain View, CA, has no street meters that I know of, so, all parking is free, even covered parking! When visiting the downtown at Castro St, there is some street parking right on Castro St, as well as several parking lots, and even two several-story parking structures (on the west side of Castro St), all free. Generally, there is a limit on ...


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Facebook does not have a datacenter anywhere in CA. Their datacenter is in Oregon and another one elsewhere in USA (but I know for a fact that there is none in CA). They also have one in Sweden. In Silicon Valley they have servers but those are colocated at datacenters run by different companies. Visiting a datacenter from outside is never a problem but ...


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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. http://...


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None of the major software companies based in the San Francisco Bay Area (including Silicon Valley) appear to offer tours to the general public; I looked up Google, Facebook, Apple, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Symantec, Intuit, and Salesforce.com. The larger firms like Google and Apple have campuses, parts of which are open to the public; however, you ...


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There's a lot of street meter parking in San Jose, CA, and a couple of garage structures with entrance tickets. Parking in the garage could be expensive, but many businesses do validation of certain garage parking, and thus you can often park for free if you're willing to purchase something in a participating nearby business: Safeway in downtown has an ...


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Welcome to Bay Area! Enjoy the weather, forgive the traffic! Now, depending on what you consider the best: Fastest: taxi (unless you arrive in rush hour). Expect to pay $60-100. Reasonably fast: shuttle. $29 on SuperShuttle. If you have few bags: Slow and not-so-cheap: BART + Caltrain + Stanford shuttle/walk. Around $10. Could be 1-2 hours, as BART and ...


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The cheapest public transit option that I can find seems to be SamTrans bus 398 or KX to any stop on El Camino Real, and then SamTrans bus ECR to Palo Alto, for a total of $4.50 ($2.25 for each bus).


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Assuming you're starting right by El Camino (CA-82) and the Lawrence Expressway, Google Maps and Waze generally recommend the Lawrence Expressway to 101. This is the most logical and direct route as well and is probably, on average marginally faster than the Central Expressway. Waze estimates at least 25 minutes for this trip during the morning commute, ...


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Blizzard Entertainment (known for Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft and other games) in Irvine, CA, offers tours, but only on a limited basis. If you're interested, you should contact them as soon as possible, as Spots are limited and booked months in advance, so we recommend signing up on the waitlist for more information on availability and dates.


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Firstly, the intersection of El Camino Real (82) and Lawrence is in Santa Clara, not Sunnyvale - but near enough. There is no correct answer to this question. I live very (very!) close to the intersection of El Camino (82) and Lawrence. I do part or all of the drive you're referring to frequently. The best route will depend on the day of the week and the ...


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You could try doing meetups. For example... http://www.meetup.com/sfhtml5/ There's a Nov 24 meetup at the Google San Francisco offices and another on Dec 12. January is probably a bit too far away for meetup's to be currently scheduled so maybe check the closer to CES that you get. Other examples: http://www.meetup.com/TechXploration/ They have a lot of ...


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Silicon Valley Guide has a listing of attractions. The guide is targeted towards tech-enthusiasts visiting Silicon Valley. It has a nice map which gives you a sense for the relative location of the attractions.


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Get on meetup.com and see what meets your interests and have interesting events going on when you're there. The bay area's really about the amazing collection of people, so meet some!


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There are several! I guess you'd want a list or the 'best', so I've tried to accommodate that by linking to the Yelp list of such places in Palo Alto. The currently 'top rated' one there is Dubbelju Motorcycle Rental, at 274 Shotwell St San Francisco, CA 94110 United States Phone number (415) 495-2774


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As the Freshen Up! at SFO is too costly ($40 - 1 hour • $10 per 15-minute increments first two hours and then $8 per 15-minute increment after), another option would be an airport lounge. All are airside, according to Sleeping in Airports, some have shower facilities, and access and cost varies. Some hotels do offer day rates, often not published on its ...


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