12 Silicon Valley Landmarks

12 Silicon Valley Landmarks

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Landmarks you must visit on your next trip

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    An earlier piece of technology, the Winchester rifle made a lot of money for the eponymous family. Heir to the family fortune, Sarah Winchester built a house in San Jose — but she was haunted by the ghosts of everyone who died at the hands of her rifles
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    Right off the Stanford campus border, the Coupa Cafe has become a place for tech founders and investors to meet, test, and work on products. It's hard to get a table, but it's still fun to listen in to the future of Silicon Valley around you.
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    Hangar One is one of the world's largest freestanding structures, covering 8 acres of ground. It needed to house the USS Macon, a blimp only 20 feet shorter than the Hindenburg. The USS Macon was struck down in 1935 off the California coast.
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    The Apple campus store is the only place where you can buy Apple-branded paraphernalia like T-shirts and notebooks. The store recently re-opened after a redesign so it has a whole new line of gear never before seen in Apple Stores before.
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    Executive Chef Charlie Ayer won his position as Google's first executive chef after winning a cook-off for its 40 employees. He's since left the company to open Calafia Cafe in downtown Palo Alto.
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    One of the few places left where you can still play Pong and see its original terminal. The museum, located in the middle of Silicon Valley, traces the history of the computer, from when it used to take up a full room to today's hand held devices.
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    Steve Jobs was living with his parents in his childhood home when he started working on the Apple computer. Jobs and his co-founder, Steve Wozniak, finalized the first 50 computers in the garage, although Woz now claims the garage is a "bit of a myth."
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    The birthplace of Silicon Valley, or at least according to its historical sign out front, the HP Garage was home to the early days of the Hewlett-Packard company. The garage & house are closed to public tours, but you can take pictures from the street.
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    The power lunch place, only a quick drive away from Sand Hill Road. The quirky restaurant has seen the birth of many a tech company. The first demo of PayPal was in Buck's, as was the incorporation of Hotmail. 
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    A stop on Google's campus means you can take a photo with any of its Android collection figurines. (Hint: the newest one is a marshmallow). But don't get any ideas about the free lunches - you'll need an employee to take you in and hook you up.
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    You can't visit Facebook's campus unless you have a friend on the inside. But don't despair - it's still fun to pose in front of its Like sign.  Pro tip - for a laugh, make sure to peek at the back of the sign...a little left over of Sun Microsystem.
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