Going to Silicon Valley and the Peninsula

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I am in Menlo Park CA for 2 weeks on a business trip.

I would love recommendations on interesting things to do, places to go etc...

I am without a car, so if those could be places with easy public transport access would be awesome


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    • Contemporary Jewish Museum736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
      Pro 2014
      Eric Brink recommended Contemporary Jewish Museum
      The stunning architecture consisting of the black cube set against the restored 1907 power station is almost worth the 4 Stars by itself. This is a beautiful museum and a joy to walk through and ... read more
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      Eric Brink

      Good Modern Jewish Museum.

    • SF MoMA 151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-3107
      Pro 2014
      Eric Brink recommended SF MoMA
      Great building and maybe one of the best museum gifts shops around. It's a great space to just walk around, regardless of what happens to be showing at the time. The cafe is also very good. It's also ... read more
      a nice walk over to Yerba Buena Gardens when you're done.
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      Eric Brink

      Great Modern Art Museum

    • Kepler's Books1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
      Pro 2014
      Eric Brink recommended Kepler's Books
      This IS a really great bookstore. Nice selection, knowledgable staff and a nice selection of magazines. Parking is relatively easy once you figure out one particular street turn. They don't make ... read more
      boodstores like Kepler's and Book Passage anymore that are so nicely rooted in their community. I also belong to Kepler's Literary Circle Membership as this independent bookstore merits its community's continual support.
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      Eric Brink

      Great Local Bookstore, even in Transition.

    • The Oasis241 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
      Pro 2014
      Eric Brink recommended The Oasis
      The Oasis is a comfortable place to hang out with a very rich local Stanford atmosphere. The food is usually good, although it doesn't always match the ambiance. I think that the Dutch Goose is a ... read more
      better choice that way.
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      Eric Brink

      Classic local Stanford Joynt.

    • Picchetti Winery13100 Montebello Road, Cupertino, CA 95014-5407
      Pro 2014
      Arlo Hemphill recommended Picchetti Winery
      Nice wine, beautiful grounds, charming old brick tasting room, lousy tasting room attendants...
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      Arlo Hemphill

      This is a very nice local winery to visit. In addition to the wine tasting room, they have extensive grounds with trails, a lake, various farm animals, etc. Nice place to spend an afternoon and maybe bring a picnic lunch.

    • St Stephen's Green223 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
      Pro 2014
      Arlo Hemphill recommended St Stephen's Green
      Perfect traditional pub in the heart of downtown Mountain View. What's such a cool place doing here anyway? Oh I see, everyone at the bar is drinking pints and playing with their smart phones. It's ... read more
      Silicon Valley after all...
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      Arlo Hemphill

      Without a car, you can still slide up and down Silicon Valley and into San Francisco on the Caltrain. Nearby Mountain View has a very nice downtown entertainment district. Here's a good pub there, but there's also a nice range of Asia, Italian, coffeehouses and more.

    • AT&T Park24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107-2134
      Sharon K. Yapp recommended AT&T Park
      I love this ballpark! I think you can sit just about anywhere and have a great ballgame experience. And...the food. Krispy Kreme donuts and garlic fries! You will not be hungry...
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      Sharon K. Yapp

      Catch a Giants baseball game! Stadium is the last Cal Train stop. Grab a beer, try some garlic fries and other tasty food, and don't forget to walk around the stadium ypto check out the different views.

    • City Kayak40 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
      Paul Petrick recommended City Kayak
      If you want some of the best views of San Francisco, this is the way to see them. Rent a kayak, paddle under the bay bridge and check out the city skyline from the water. You can do a guided tour and ... read more
      head out on your own.
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      Paul Petrick

      If you go to the Ferry Building, work off the food baby with a little sea kayaking. Good exercise and some of the best views of the bay bridge and San Francisco skyline.

    • Traci commented on this list

      You can also rent a mountain bike and head into the Silicon Valley hills! My friend rented a bike from Menlo Velo when he was here on business :)

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    • Ferry Building Marketplace1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
      Traci recommended Ferry Building Marketplace
      I love the Ferry Building, especially on Saturdays when they have the Farmers' Market -- tons of food vendors making brunch and lunch food, plus all the stores that are normally at the Ferry Building. ... read more
      Even on non-Farmers Market days, I love grabbing a cup of coffee at Blue Bottle (or an affogato which is a shot of espresso over some Humphrey Slocumbe ice cream) and a piece of cake from Miette right across the way. Also there is an Acme Bread shop here which is a family favorite. You can't beat the views while you sit outside right under the Bay Bridge. There's also a great wine bar and a caviar shop if you want to get fancy!
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      Lots of stores and restaurants here, and it's on the Embarcadero, which is nice to walk along. Take the Caltrain to the end and then hop on the muni to the embarcadero stop!

    • Stanford Shopping Center660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA
      Pro 2014
      Eduardo Sasso recommended Stanford Shopping Center
      Nice if you are super rich. Otherwise is just window shopping.
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    • Computer Museum History Center1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043-1311
      Pro 2014
      Eduardo Sasso recommended Computer Museum History Center
      For geeks and nerds of all ages this is the place to go and learn how everything started. It's a big museum so be ready to spend 2-3 hours easily.
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      Ori Zaltzman recommended Computer Museum History Center
      Very interesting
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    • Osher Yadgar recommended San Francisco
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      Osher Yadgar

      I would take the nearby caltrain and head to San Francisco.

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