Many know the San Francisco Bay Area as a hub for innovation and technology, after all its home to some of the most influential Internet giants including Google, Yahoo! and Apple. Truly, it’s a great place for anyone who seeks to learn and be inspired by the world’s leading brands.
Going on a tour in these companies is a treat in itself, but if you’d like to be the envy of all your friends, then here are few more spots that you should definitely check out and in true millennial fashion, take a selfie.
You might not consider Hewlett-Packard (HP) as a tech giant, but they’re actually more than just a brand that makes great printers. In fact, the founders behind HP, Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett, were the first people to stay in San Francisco and build a community of like-minded thinkers, inventors and innovators.
The garage where they worked is now known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, since it was where they made first groundbreaking technological innovations which, as we know now, were soon followed by many others.
2. Apple Company Store
No visit to the Bay is the complete without visiting the first Apple Company store. Built in 1993, this iconic building is a must-see for all Steve Jobs fans. In fact, it’s the only place where you can buy branded merchandise; from hats to shirts and even baby onesies. Not only that, the store is also located within the Apple headquarters which allows you to walk around company grounds. Once you’re there, don’t forget to take photos at the main entrance including the 1 Infinite Loop for that ultimate enviable selfie.
If you’re a big fan of the blue bird, then be sure to check out their headquarters in San Francisco. The tech company transformed what used to be a 1930s Art Deco building into their very own office. True to their brand, they even dressed it up with nature as a theme which, of course, includes bird nests. And if you’re hungry, not to worry because the ground floor is a cafeteria were even non-Twitter employees can dine and relax.
If you like travelling, chances are you’ve already been a customer of the highly-successful company AirBnb. But if you want to know more about this innovative brand, make sure to visit their office. Apart from getting a behind-the-scenes look into their company culture, you also get to travel around the world. Conference rooms in AirBnb are designed after cities around the world, giving the place an ultra-cool and modern vibe. Plus, every corner is sure to be Instagram-worthy.
Who hasn’t gone to Pinterest in search for a bit of DIY inspiration and advice! Well, if you’re a fan of the app then you should visit their office which is, you guessed it, every Pinterest’s dream. Each corner has its own unique and quirky design which will make you want to renovate your home. When you visit, be sure that your phone has enough space, because you’re sure to take lots of photos.
There are many other cool stopovers that you can check out when you’re in San Francisco. To make sure you don’t miss out on the action, book a tour ahead of time or better yet, try something unconventional like riding a Segway to get around town. Whatever and however you choose to spend your vacation, the Bay area is sure to keep you satisfied.