Published on : Thursday, July 4, 2019
Silicon Valley has become well-known not just for its concentration of wealth and geniuses, but also for those unassuming, mostly suburban homes where today’s richest American corporations were born out of sleepless nights, life savings and great ideas.
Some locations have become quite famous to tourists — both domestic and international. Hence, Visit San Jose, San Jose’s non-profit tourism arm assembled a brochure for those who want to drive by the birthplaces of Apple and HP while they discover Silicon Valley.
To quote Frances Wong, the Director of Communications for Visit San Jose, “We’ve been getting a lot of requests, especially from the international crowd (who are interested) in the allure of Silicon Valley. So we invite visitors to fly into SJC Airport and do day trips in San Jose. We’re 20 minutes away from all these tech campuses and garages. Part of the verbiage we promote is, ‘San Jose is a place where dreams come true.'”
The Oakland Museum of California has a “modeled Silicon Valley garage where you can explore recent advances in high tech.” There’s also the Tech Interactive center in San Jose and the Computer History Museum in Mountain View that are dedicated to all things tech history. There are guided tours of a number of visitor-friendly tech campuses and tech history that have emerged as points of interest.
Wong added, “Silicon Valley is — there’s just something in the water. So many geniuses come out of this area. When (tourists) see these garages it gives them something tangible. It makes their ideas real because they realize how normal these houses are. (Creators) did not live in mansions. They were normal middle-class families. To be able to see these houses, they hone in on the fact that anybody can be the next Steve Jobs.”