San Francisco is many things- a foodie mecca, a multicultural haven and by and large, a tech city. All the great big companies are situated in and around the city ‚Äď from Twitter to Google, Pinterest to Zynga.

Many are walkable around the city, but some you’ll have to drive out into Palo Alto and the silicon valley to experience.

Standford University
The detailing in some of these buildings is remarkable!

Asides from the tech giants, one of the most notable universities- Stanford is also located not too far away from the city.

Stanford University

Stanford University

I was lucky to have one of my friends graduate from Stanford and she was willing to show us around. You never truly understand and feel the importance of American universities until you see one for yourself. Stanford has so much history and is so well kept, its practically jaw dropping.

Stanford University

You could get lost in just the quad area for hours and I felt I gained a couple IQ points just roaming around (not really, but I’ll pretend I did!).

Facebook HQ
Me, Lucy and Sylvie liking the shit out of this icon.

After our tour of Stanford, we made our way to Facebook and Google. While there is not much to see at Facebook, Google’s campus had a lot more to offer.

Googleplex

Googleplex

We were able to walk around the campus outdoor pretty easily. There are the google bikes everywhere that anyone can use to navigate through the campus.

Googleplex

Googleplex
My friend Sylvie juggling some jellybeans at Google HQ

They‚Äôve also temporarily moved their Android Mascots ‚Äď which are the perfect photo ops!

Googleplex
Brian posing with a friendly Android

I almost find it kind of odd that the security within these big companies seems pretty lenient. We spent a good deal walking around Googleplex, including an area that had a cafeteria and a large dinosaur skeleton.

Googleplex
This is my aesthetic XD
As you could probably tell, we had a great time hamming it up at Google.
Tesla Factory Tour San Francisco
Tesla Factory Tour! (Photo by Sylvie Bryant)
My friends who graciously let me stay with them surprised us to a Factory Tour of Tesla! I was so shocked and excited, but probably not as excited as Brian was! I cant go into too much detail, as we signed waivers before our tour. But their factory is remarkable, very high tech, clean and overall, it was awesome to see how these glorious cars get made. I dont believe they do tours to the public- I believe you’ll have to find someone who works for Tesla to get you on this tour (like my friend Syl who surprised us). Thank you Syl for this wonderful experience!
Tesla Factory Tour San Francisco
Brian and Me being super nerds about it
In the city, we roamed around and stumbled across the Twitter offices, Zynga, Adobe and Pinterest (to name a few). It’s great that so many of these companies are pretty easy to walk to (if you’ve got good walking shoes)- most are in between South of Market and Mission Bay.
I really enjoyed my time in San Francisco. We managed to pack a lot of sightseeing in for a week, but I’d love to go back again and explore!