Tourism in Silicon Valley – Disneyland for Geeks?

Interesting article in the New York Times this morning – at least if you are a geek.

The article describes the draw Silicon Valley has on tourists, and the various things you can do when visiting “the valley”.

Silicon Valley is the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, and unfortunately for those (foreign) tourists heading there expecting a small valley with all the big industry players huddled together, the interesting companies are spread out over a massive area.

Worst yet, when you drive around expecting to drop in and visit these companies, most of them are not interested in fans, and very few offer tours or other ways for geeks to show their love.
That said, there are still several fun things to do in the area for visitors and the article lists most of the ways visitors can spend a day at the Computer History Museum, or the Tech Museum of Innovation.

One destination not mentioned in the article is Fry’s Electronics. Sunnyvale is where Fry’s opened their first store, and while that one is long gone, they still have a large store across the road from their original location.

Check out the entire region with this map: