The quaint and lovely town of Mountain View, nestled in heart of California's Silicon Valley, is an attractive enclave teeming with numerous historical museums, excellent restaurants and unique shops. Mountain View is located 40 miles from San Francisco and only about 15 miles from the beaches of San Jose. The hotels in Mountain View California provide an excellent lodging experience. Many hotels are conveniently located within walking distance of historic downtown Castro Street, which accommodates pedestrian traffic for easy access to the many exceptional cafes, restaurants and eclectic shops.
One of the popular attractions to Mountain View is the Winchester Mystery House. The erection of the mansion began in 1884 by the widow of William Wirt Winchester, inventor of the Winchester rifle. Oddly, the construction the house continued non-stop for the next 38 years. Sarah Winchester believed that the guns her husband had invented were "terrible weapons" and that evil would befall her if she stopped building on the house. The once seven-story manor became four stories after the 1906 earthquake. Daily tours are available through what many believe is a haunted house.
The Children's Discovery Museum located in nearby San Jose is one of the attractions that makes Mountain View a family vacation destination. The museum features Lupe, the remains of a Columbian mammoth discovered in 2005 near San Jose. The museum also has the Art Loft, for interactive visual art creation, the Kid's Garden and many other assorted activities that will be sure to pique the interest of any child.
The Computer History Museum is another interesting attraction that is appropriately located in the Silicon Valley, essentially the birthplace of computer technology. The museum offers a comprehensive history, current day descriptions and exhibits that surround computer technology.
Another riveting and thoroughly interesting activity to enjoy is Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium. This museum contains the second largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the United States. From mummies to artifacts depicting daily Egyptian life, a visit to this exhibition is interesting and memorable.
Roaring Camp Railroads offers train rides from the spectacular Redwood forests to beach routes. The Redwood Forest route, which is driven by a narrow gauge, steam-powered engine, departs from the Santa Cruz mountains, and chugs its way through the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
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