Fun After Oracle OpenWorld, Part 3

To Silicon Valley—AND BEYOND!

redwood.jpgWelcome to post number three of four on San Francisco Bay Area getaways. This time, we’ll go south, where there is plenty to see and do within a two-hour drive.

Just don’t be disappointed when you discover that the legendary Silicon Valley is really just a giant strip mall of high-tech companies. Despite the rumors, there are no venture capitalists standing on street corners handing out seed money.

Check it out.

Oracle Corporate Headquarters: Just about 25 minutes (if traffic cooperates) south of San Francisco is Oz, the Emerald City, the mothership. Take a breath of the rarefied air that surrounds these tall, shimmering, cylindrical buildings.

Half Moon Bay: Just a few miles west of Oracle HQ is this small coastal town with all sorts of fun places to walk, nice restaurants, and of course, the ultra-lux Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.

Stanford/Palo Alto: Come see where all the smart people went to school and where they got snacks and dinner while planning global domination. Visit the Rodin Sculpture Garden and try to figure out why those Burghers of Calais are so grouchy.

The Tech Museum of Innovation: Push buttons, pull levers, and see exhibits of how and why things work. Cool.

Los Gatos: Extremely cute upscale enclave of shops and restaurants. You can safely turn up the collar on your polo shirt.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park: Miles and miles of hiking, accessible picnic areas and campsites, and the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco. It’s beautiful.

Santa Cruz: Fun seaside town with all sorts of good eats, interesting diversions, and funky shops. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a popular oceanfront amusement park. Santa Cruz is more than two hours away, but still makes a nice day trip.

Next time, we’ll post some ideas about what to do in San Francisco. And if you have some thoughts on our getaway suggestions or have ideas of your own, please let us know. Post your comments and share the love with your fellow Oracle OpenWorld attendees.

Part 1: North
Part 2: East
Part 4: San Francisco


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