Mountain View is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. Due to the presence of the Google, Mozilla, and Intuit headquarters, there's a noticeable tech influence. A sizable amount of people commute to the area for work, so the population rises during the weekdays. Overall, the city is quiet and safe with a suburban feel. There's an abundance of shopping centers on streets such as El Camino Real, and the downtown area is centered around quaint Castro Street. Mountain View is named after the nearby Santa Cruz mountains which offer scenic views when exploring the city's trails.
The Caltrain runs through Mountain View, north to Palo Alto and San Francisco or south to San Jose. VTA operates buses and light rails that can take you to nearby areas including Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. Parking is easy to find and a free shuttle runs through the city, making it easy for residents to get around.
Mountain View's weather is idyllic. The average high temperature ranges from 59°F (15°C) in the winter to 78°F (25°C) in the summer. It only rains 37 days out of the year, with plenty of sunny days to lounge by the swimming pool.
Top sights and attractions
Computer History Museum
Fitting in with the Silicon Valley tech culture, this museum offers visitors a chance to learn about computer history and explore current technologies. The museum contains collections of items related to the computer revolution as well as interactive exhibits based around self-driving cars and learning how to code.