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Mountain View

Named after the beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mountain View, CA, is a beautiful city located in Santa Clara County with a population of approximately 72,000 people. This small city is home to some major businesses as well as several residential communities. Businesses that have homes in Mountain View include AOL, Google, Red Hat, Mozilla, VeriSign and Adobe Systems, which employ a large number of residents as well as people who live in smaller towns and commute to Mountain View. The size of this city means that there is plenty to do when you are visiting Mountain View in addition to close proximity to larger cities like San Jose and San Francisco.

The History of Mountain View

Mountain View began as part of a ranch owned by Don Mariano Castro. Don Castro’s land was split in half with the south becoming what is now known as Sunnyvale, and the north becoming Mountain View. Once the area was settled as a town, it was mostly used as a stage coach stop between San Francisco and San Jose. The lands were generally made up of crops and orchards right up into the 1960's, lagging a bit behind the rest of the area in the technological developments that characterized the area.

Yet, Mountain View developed with the rest of Silicon Valley and is now considered very much a part of the birth place of some of the major businesses that have brought the current technology to the nation. From businesses that built the rides for the very first Disney theme park to the companies that we are familiar with now, Mountain View is full of businesses that are important to the economy and the people who live there. There is plenty to do in Mountain View even if it is close enough to visit larger cities for fun and recreation.

Shoreline Park

Shoreline Park was at one time a landfill in Mountain View. In 1998, the landfill was closed, and the area was turned into a city park that is now home to not only park areas, but a golf course, a historical house, and a wildlife preserve. Shoreline Park is open daily to anyone who wants to visit and has many activities available as well as food and restroom facilities. The golf course has eighteen holes and a pro shop while the artificial lake offers sailboating, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, pedal boats, sailing, and classes. Stevens Creek Trail at the eastern edge of the park has trails for hiking, walking, running, and biking. In all, Shoreline Park in Mountain View is a great place if you want to do something outside.

San Antonio Shopping Center

Shoppers will enjoy the beautiful and open San Antonio Shopping Center located in Mountain View. This outdoor shopping mall attracts shoppers from all over including Palo Alto and Los Altos and has several large chain stores including Trader Joe’s, Sears, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Albertson’s. People can spend an entire day at the San Antonio Shopping Center just walking around the stores and enjoying the beautiful Mountain View weather.

Mountain View is an excellent little city within the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. If you want to know more about Mountain View or Mountain View limousines, call Nationwide Limousine Service at 1-800-339-8936 today!

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