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Silicon Valley: Self-Drive Audio Tour

1. Silicon Valley: Self-Drive Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! NOTE: This 42+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Silicon Valley in 2-3 hours. 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.

San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

2. San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

Journey through Silicon Valley’s innovation trail and witness the past, present, and future of technology converge in the heart of the digital world with this guided tour in San Fransisco. After a hotel pickup, begin your adventure at the Meta headquarters. Next, venture to Stanford University, the birthplace of countless tech visionaries. Stroll through its historic campus and soak in the intellectual atmosphere that has fueled the success of Silicon Valley. Then, at the legendary HP Garage, stand on the very ground where Silicon Valley’s journey began. Feel the historical significance of this unassuming garage, where the seeds of tech giants were sown. Pass by Steve Jobs’s home, paying homage to the man who changed the world with his innovations. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Google headquarters, seeing how innovation thrives in a powerhouse of creativity and technology. Delve into the history of computing at the Computer Museum, where vintage machines and exhibits showcase the journey from early computers to today’s digital marvels. Move onward to an immersion in the world of Apple while gaining insights into the company’s DNA and innovation culture at the Apple Visitor Center. End the tour where it all first began, the Apple Garage. Step into the historic site where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak revolutionized the tech industry.

From San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour

3. From San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour

In just 4 hours you will see Facebook, Apple, Google, and any other company you wish to see. Besides the famous high-tech companies you will also have the opportunity to visit Stanford University. Traveling by private car, enjoy the comfort of seeing the places you want to see without worrying about your departure or arrival times. Learn more about the famous landmarks with a reliable service, offering maximum security and, most of all, the best level of hospitality in the industry. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in San Francisco (pick-ups in other cities in the Bay Area are available on arrangement), get recommendations on the best places to stop to take pictures or explore further - you decide where you want to go.

Silicon Valley: Self-Driven Audio Tour for Technology Lovers

4. Silicon Valley: Self-Driven Audio Tour for Technology Lovers

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! NOTE: This 42+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Silicon Valley in 2-3 hours. Journey through Silicon Valley with maximum flexibility, safety, and value on a self-driven audio tour. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and set off on the ultimate adventure for technology lovers. During the tour, make various stops at tech giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, Tesla, and more. Learn about the visionaries who’ve shaped the world around us on an audio tour developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Hear about the feud between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, the controversies around Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, the eccentricities of Elon Musk, and more. See Facebook's headquarters, as well as the real backbone of Amazon — Amazon Web Services. Possible stops include Google's Android Garden; a museum where you can play the first-ever video game and see one of the first-ever computers; Steve Jobs's garage; and the Googleplex, Google's headquarters, where you can walk through the campus. All audios play automatically based on location. The tour concludes at Stanford, the university that churns out tech entrepreneurs. You can even visit the true birthplace of tech, the Hewlett-Packard Garage. Not sure you can fit all this into one day? No worries — once booked, the tour is yours forever. Split the drive into two days or come back later for a second round. Travel dates change? Again, not a problem — this Silicon Valley self-guided tour never expires.

San Francisco Bay Flight over the Golden Gate Bridge

5. San Francisco Bay Flight over the Golden Gate Bridge

Buckle up and prepare for a thrilling journey through the skies of the enchanting "City by the Bay." Welcome aboard our one-hour San Francisco flight tour, a magical experience that will leave you breathless and begging for more! As you settle into your comfortable seat and fasten your seatbelt, the engines hum to life, promising you a memorable adventure. The moment the aircraft lifts off the ground, you'll be greeted by the breathtaking panorama of the San Francisco Bay Area. Feel the excitement build as you ascend into the azure heavens. Your adventure begins with a sweeping view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, its rusty-red towers a stark contrast against the sparkling blue waters of the bay. Snap photos to your heart's content as the bridge seems to stretch out endlessly, connecting the rugged cliffs of Marin County to the vibrant heart of San Francisco. As you glide over the city's skyline, you'll be treated to a bird's-eye view of the city's most famous landmarks. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Transamerica Pyramid, the soaring heights of the Salesforce Tower, and the historic charm of Coit Tower, perched atop Telegraph Hill like a sentinel of the past. Keep your eyes peeled for Alcatraz Island, shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Imagine the tales of infamous inmates and daring escapes as you hover above this infamous former prison. Price is set for 2 people minimum. An additional 3rd person can be added for an additional price Starting Airports: San Carlos, Palo Alto, and Hayward Airports

San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour

6. San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour

Discover the groundbreaking world of technology with a private 5-hour tour of Silicon Valley from San Francisco. Your personal guide will provide insights into the transformative work of global communication, computing, and biotech companies that have shaped the region's landscape. The tour begins with convenient pickup from your hotel or the airport, followed by a journey to the heart of Silicon Valley. Along the way, your guide will share fascinating stories and information about the pioneers and innovations that have revolutionized the way we live and work. Explore the renowned Googleplex, located at the corporate headquarters of Alphabet, Google's parent company. Gain a behind-the-scenes look at the world-famous Google headquarters and its impact on the tech industry. Next, visit the Apple Park Visitor Center, where you can marvel at the architectural details of Apple's state-of-the-art campus. Explore the retail store featuring the latest Apple products, including laptops, iPhones, iPads, and more. As part of the tour, enjoy a visit to Stanford University, a prestigious institution that has played a significant role in the development of Silicon Valley. Learn about its history and contributions to technology and innovation. Throughout the journey, enjoy the comfort of a private vehicle and receive bottled water to stay refreshed. The tour also includes entrance fees to select museums, providing a comprehensive exploration of Silicon Valley's technological legacy. After an enlightening day, your guide will ensure a comfortable return to your chosen drop-off point in San Francisco. Please note that meals and personal expenses are not included in the tour price.

Silicon Valley: 45-Minute Sightseeing Flight

7. Silicon Valley: 45-Minute Sightseeing Flight

Ascend into the skies and be greeted with a breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay Area. Gaze at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge standing tall in the distance as you rise and admire it from a unique angle. Let your pilot guide you through this technological wonderland and marvel at the tech giants from above. Soar towards Palo Alto and see the lush greenery of Stanford University, where brilliant minds gather to push the boundaries of knowledge. Glide above the heart of Silicon Valley, which unfolds beneath you. Admire the famous campuses of innovators, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook/Meta, where visionary ideas are transformed into reality. Take in the sights of Levi's Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers play, and Stanford University before beginning your smooth descent back to the departure point.

Rug Tufting Workshop

8. Rug Tufting Workshop

Unleash your creativity and craft a magical carpet in this tufting workshop in the Bay Area! Dive into the rising trend of tufting and shape your very own enchanting rug or stunning piece of wall art from the softest, most luxurious yarn. No prior skills? No problem! Our tufting workshop is tailored for beginners, ensuring a smooth, enjoyable crafting journey. You'll master the art of tufting with a high-quality tufting gun, creating your unique masterpiece on a 18" x 18" frame, with an endless supply of vibrant yarn at your fingertips. Your instructor will teach you the tufting basics, so you can learn tufting with ease! As a science teacher, I have unique ideas about rug tufting (such as, glow in the dark). I can't give you a spoiler, but send a message if you're interested in learning more! Are you seeking the perfect romantic date, an innovative team-building activity, or a memorable family outing in the Bay Area? Look no further! Our workshop offers a blend of fun, creativity, and learning. In just 1.5 hours, you'll transform from a novice to a proud creator of a magnificent hand-tufted piece, ready to adorn your home. --- Tailor your experience by selecting the perfect rug size for your project when booking a private session. 1. Petite Elegance: 18" x 18" 2. Grandeur: 36" x 36" When you finish all the processes, you make the final touch by applying carpet adhesive and backing. It takes approximately 24 hours to dry. Once the rugs are ready to go, your host will ship your wonderful rugs! Shipping may take 3-5 days and shipping fee will be charged at the end. Unleash your creativity, learn a new skill, and take home a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in our transformative tufting class. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn how to tuft and craft something truly enchanting. --- Please Note: There is a travel surcharge for coming to your venue, please send a message to learn more! The workshop can take additional 60 more minutes, make sure to have +60 mins! Come join us, Tuf Tuffff :) 25% Off for Limited Time Deal! (it was $130, now $99) --- Knowledge required Beginner friendly! --- What to bring Just your curiosity and enthusiasm for making a tufting rug. --- Suitable for This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday or bachelorette party. --- Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 18 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket. This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mom, anniversary gift or birthday gift.

Palo Alto Scavenger Hunt

9. Palo Alto Scavenger Hunt

Your creative, nontraditional scavenger hunt begins at a scenic spot that's a local favorite. You'll get your digital quest from your live and interactive remote host. Then you’ll take off on your own to experience a wide variety of carefully curated locations in town. You'll walk or drive to the various checkpoints as you interpret creative tasks, accept wacky challenges, and get outside your comfort zone! Both family and dog friendly, the game alternates between the indoors and outdoors, with plenty of bonus challenges too! You'll text photos and videos to your remote host, who cheers you on and assists, as you play - to document your progress. You can even interact with the locals to interpret the creative challenges. You won’t be able to avoid having fun, uncovering hidden gems and local secrets, making memories, laughing, and learning along the way! You’ll be part of the rich culture of this dynamic city! Every turn is full of surprises, so questions in advance are welcomed. Check out all 500 of our city hunts! Great for corporate groups, tourists, curious locals, bachelors(ettes), birthdays, families, friend trips, and other special groups! Ask us about our custom-designed experiences and virtual team builders too!

Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer

10. Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer

Your photo session will include: Guidance on venue selection, time of day for desired lighting, and posing Advance guidance for special events such as surprise engagements Optional packages include flower bouquets, champaign, and glasses Some sessions include multiple locations and can be tailored Post processing of images to align with client expectations Images are delivered via a secure website customized to their session 30+ high- and low-resolution images available in digital format Clients can download, share, like, hide, and request optional prints Images are free of watermarks or usage restrictions

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What people are saying about Palo Alto

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4.1
(44 reviews)

Pablo did a great job and took us to many interesting places. He also made the effort to customize the tour for us. My teenage daughter’s favorite part was the campus of Stanford. Mine was the computer history museum. The lunch at Google was great!

Everything was perfect! Pablo picked us up from the hotel on time, drove well and had lots of additional information to tell us about the sights. It was a wonderful day all round and we would book the Silicon Valley Private Tour again at any time.

The Silicon Valley Tour was excellent! Much more than I had imagined. Pablo is a super helpful and kind guide. I highly recommend the service!

Highly recommend this tour, great vehicle, knowledgable and friendly guide. Will book again.

Pablo was wonderful. Gave us a lot of history and information about the sites we visited.