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Silicon Valley: Self-Drive Audio Tour

1. Silicon Valley: Self-Drive Audio Tour

Hop in your car and enjoy this self-guided audio tour of the birthplace of tech. Cruise through Silicon Valley while checking out the headquarters of tech giants and learn about the visionaries who’ve shaped the world, from Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to the controversies around Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos and the eccentricities of Elon Musk. Simply hop in your car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. Start your tour at Facebook's headquarters and learn about Zuckerberg and his vision. All audios play automatically based on location. As your tour continues, learn about the oldest struggle in tech — idea vs execution. Arrive at the backbone of Amazon, AWS, and learn about Bezos and Amazon's humble beginnings. Next, head to the Android Garden and learn about the fight between Google and Microsoft. Continue down the road to Google’s headquarters, called the Googleplex, and enjoy a stroll through the campus before arriving at Microsoft and the beginnings of the modern world. Learn about Gates, BASIC, and Windows. Stop at a museum to play the first-ever video game and see one of the first-ever computers. From there, continue onto Apple to learn about the feud between Jobs and Gates and even stop by Jobs’ Garage. Finally, switch from smartphones to smart cars and learn about Elon Musk and Tesla as you drive towards the heart of Silicon Valley. Finish your tour at Stanford, the school of choice for tech entrepreneurs.

From San Francisco: Silicon Valley Tech Tour

2. From San Francisco: Silicon Valley Tech Tour

Explore the past and future of Silicon Valley on an exciting tour of some of the most famous tech startup companies. Benefit from pickup at your hotel in central San Francisco, and then travel by air-conditioned bio-fuel minibus to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. See some of the first mega computers and commercially-produced machines, as well as classic games like Pac Man and Atari to stir up some childhood memories. Learn more about the computer revolution and information age, and get an idea of where it is leading us to in the future. Break for lunch Palo Alto, and then visit the Google Campus and gift shop of the company's corporate headquarters. Check-in at the Facebook complex in Menlo Park, before heading back to San Francisco for drop-off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Computer History Museum

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Good content BUT we got lost so many times as directions come too late in narrative !! No warning that I have to turn left or right untill it’s upon u! Hard if u driving to navigate at same time!! Even though my hubby tried too!! Many of the places are still closed so for example the google access is closed so to get to the next number after all the google ones was a pain ( list again) , some of the roads are closed off ( construction ) , merchandise store closed ( we were needing bathroom break then! ) access to Amazon also not well marked so missed that all ( if thru entrance to ritz Carlton should say! ) pity all new buildings of FB at no 1 are not explained! Map jumped to small size all the time so one has to navigate to expand all the time instead of just keeping over where blue dot is - exit off highway missed getting to Microsoft ( I think) - sat in afternoon traffic for 30 mins to get off next exit and return - direction there poor !! But it was really interesting!

I did not expect that it work with me that way. I loved the experience of the self-guided tour in Silicon Valley; however, you should take care of the following: 1. You must have a car because the spots are not close to each other. 2. You should be patient at the beginning to know how it works. Once , you understand how it works, it will be perfect with you. 3. The application will take you step by step, but it’s as accurate as google maps; so stick to the route so you can get the best benefit out of it. 4. If you gone away, do not worry; you can select the next stop and let google get you there. The tour application can connect you automatically with Google maps too. Feel free to ask me any questions if you need any assistance. Email: moamenomar@gmail.com Moamen

Good tour and a lot of back history. Read instruction first in the app. If you go on side routes, pause the app and turn back on when you get back to original route. Short notice on turns . Look at big picture first since traffic can be heavy. We enjoyed it

Aside from the weather, the tour was a great way to get a glimpse of Silicon Valley. Unfortunately there was not much going on at the weekend, which is why I would rather recommend doing the tour during the week.

Informative and good organization

The tour guide was very nice and everything went well in time. Everything was thought of. Recommended!