This interactive museum is full of nostalgic artefacts that chart the evolution of computers. Exhibitions include “IBM 1401 Demo Lab,” which recreates a 1960s computer system.
With its mission to ignite curiosity and inspire creativity, you may well walk away from this contemporary museum with a brainwave or two. Its free “Lab and Lunch” lectures from scientists and artists will fill you in on the latest research and discoveries.
Situated where Nevada and California meet, the crystal waters of the sixth-largest lake in the US can be reached from San Francisco in four hours. As well as watersports, there are nine surrounding ski resorts (open November to April), and plenty of walking trails that lead you through the fragrant Jeffrey Pine trees.
Celebrated for their pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, the sun-drenched vineyards of Sonoma County are an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. “You can create your own itinerary, work with a tour company or rent a bicycle and ride from winery to winery,“ says Baltasar. “If you prefer beer, Sonoma County has some great breweries, most notably Russian River Brewing and Lagunitas.”
A four-hour drive from San Francisco, Yosemite Valley is home to dramatic ravines, towering peaks and three of the world’s top 20 tallest waterfalls – plus the tallest in the US (Yosemite Falls). Clamber to the top of the latter, and the views will justify the UNESCO World Heritage site status.
Set atop Nob Hill, with panoramic views of the city and the Bay, this five-star hotel promises grandeur and a sense of history. The Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar serves quality produce such as hand-cut organic dry-aged steaks, while the rooms and suites are classically elegant.
Part of the Viceroy brand, this contemporary boutique hotel in the trendy Union Square neighbourhood features individually-designed rooms and suites with one-off artwork or furniture pieces and an uber-stylish bar, with social spaces that are “set to a tune of a Silicon Valley start-up”.