Situated between Mountain View and Santa Clara, this Bay Area city has a suburban feel. It's home to offices for Yahoo, Google, and Apple, and the population reflects this. The area is mainly sprawling chain shopping centers, houses, apartment homes, and townhomes, but the city has plans to revive the downtown area. According to GreatSchools, Sunnyvale's school district contains both highly and poorly rated schools. The city has an integrated public safety force, which means all officers are trained as police, firefighters, and EMTs. This might explain why this city has one of the lowest crime rates in the Bay Area.
The Caltrain runs through Sunnyvale and can take riders throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco and San Jose. VTA operates buses that run to nearby cities including Cupertino and Palo Alto. The main bus line, route 22, runs along the El Camino Real in Sunnyvale. There's lots of parking in the area, and it's usually easy to find.
With a Mediterranean climate, Sunnyvale has an average daily high of around 80°F (26°C) in the summer and 60°F (15°C) in the winter. The city only receives a foot and a half of rain each year, with plenty of dry California days.
Top sights and attractions
As the hub of downtown Sunnyvale, Murphy Avenue provides one block of restaurants, shops, and bars. Its sidewalks and cute buildings provide a cozy, small-town feel to this otherwise suburban feeling area. Make sure to check the availability of free live music provided by the city.