The California Missions
The Spanish mission system laid the groundwork for modern California. Most of the state’s major cities began as settlements around the missions. The missions influenced the state in many ways: place names, language, agriculture, architecture and art.
There are two missions in Silicon Valley, and a couple that are slightly further afield:
- Mission Santa Clara de Asís – Santa Clara
- Mission San Jóse – Fremont
- Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores) – San Francisco
- Mission La Exaltación de la Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz
San Francisco Chinatown
Chinese immigrants also played an important role in California’s history, and continue to do so today.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest and most vibrant Chinese enclave in North America. Although not located in Silicon Valley, it’s a popular destination for Bay Area residents.
Miscellaneous (Recommended) Stuff!
Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad
Winchester Mystery House (and Gun Museum)