San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is the best of the San Francisco Bay Area. All of "the good stuff" in history happened here! When Spanish explorer Captain Juan Gaspar de Portol√° discovered San Francisco Bay in 1769, it happened in San Mateo County. The garage where Hewlett-Packard blazed a trail at the forefront of the electronics revolution is in Palo Alto. Explore our history and discover for yourself.
BURLINGAME RAILROAD STATION
First permanent building in the mission revival style in San Mateo County.
California Drive and Burlingame Avenue 94010
Phone: (650) 344-1735
Early tycoons and financiers of San Mateo County including Crocker, Flood, Spreckles, Hooper, Clarke and Hearst lie at Cypress Lawn...
Phone: (650) 757-1676
de Young Museum
The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition and was originally known as the Memorial Museum. Thirty years...
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco 94118
Reservation: [click here]
Built in 1863, the mansion is now a historic post-Civil War house museum.
627 Hamilton St.
Phone: (650) 365-5564
PIGEON POINT LIGHTHOUSE
One of the tallest lighthouses in the U.S. built in 1872 following a string of shipwrecks . Now serves as a...
Highway 1 and Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero 94060
Phone: (650) 879-0633
POINT MONTARA LIGHTHOUSE
Picturesque 1875 light station served as a naval training base during WW II and became a hostel in 1980. Call to schedule...
16th Street and Highway 1 94037
Phone: (650) 728-7177
PULGAS WATER TEMPLE
Built in 1938, the temple commemorates the completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct which brings water to Crystal Springs Reservoir from...
Just off Canada Road by the Crystal Springs Reservoir.
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MUSEUMS
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MUSEUMS host a series of rotating displays throughout all terminals.The LouisA. Turpen Aviation Museum, located...
San Francisco International Airport.
South San Francisco Historical Museum
Knowledgeable docents are available to answer questions and guide visitors. The Museum collection includes: • Vintage wedding gowns and other...
80 Chestnut Avenue, South San Francisco 94080
STANFORD LINEAR ACCELERATOR
Tours of the two-mile-long linear electron accelerator, which explores the small particles of atoms, include a lecture/slide presentation and...
2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 94025
Phone: 650-926-3300 ext. 2204