With a bustling technology business district, Cupertino, California is perhaps most well-known as the home of the corporate headquarters for Apple, Inc. But with many beautiful outdoor parks, miles and miles of great bicycle trails, some premier shopping centers, and special festivals being held throughout the year, there are plenty of non-technology related activities for anyone who is visiting Cupertinoto enjoy. The serene and peaceful atmosphere of the upscale city makes it a great place to visit for anyone just wanting to "escape" for a long weekend or mini-vacation.
Even though Cupertino, California is a relatively small city at just over 10 square miles, it has fourteen beautifully maintained parks that are open to the public throughout the year. Many of the parks have outdoor sports areas and picnic areas available, and children will find plenty of activites to keep them busy with top-of-the-line playground areas at almost every Cupertino park. The city is also extremely bicyclist and pedestrian friendly, with bike trails running throughout the entire town and the recently-opened Mary Avenue Bicycle Footbridge which connects the north and south sections of the bicycle trail. Fitness enthusiasts will love the moderate climate of Cupertino which permits outdoor activities during most of the year.
There are a variety of public festivals held in Cupertino throughout the year which provide great opportunities for inexpensive family fun. The Cherry Blossom Festival, held each year in April, is one of the most popular community events and is a celebration of Japanese arts & culture. In the summer, there are a series of free outdoor music concerts in the city parks, along with free outdoor movies in the month of August. December brings Cupertino's annual Christmas tree lighting, featuring a community sing-a-long and the arrival of Santa. With a festival happening nearly every month, people travel from all around to attend these fun events.
If you like shopping or consider yourself a "foodie, " you'll love the shopping, restaurants, and nightlife in Cupertino, California. The city is home to more than a dozen retail shopping complexes, including many luxury fashion stores and high-end jewelry establishments like Ice Chalet. You'll also find plenty of places to pick up necessities like Target and Wal-Mart. Restaurants in a wide-variety of price ranges are scattered throughout Cupertino, although CupertinoVillage on Wolfe Road has several of the area's best restaurants and is a great place to meet for dinner with family & friends.
Getting to Cupertino, California is easy, as the city is conveniently located just 6 miles from the San Jose Muni-Midpoint airport and just 19 miles from the San Francisco International Airport. The city is also a short drive from Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and many other San Francisco suburbs. Visitors to Cupertino will find plenty of lodging available, from value-priced motels to high-end bed & breakfasts--and everything in between. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority also runs buses throughout the city, offering a convenient way to get around for travelers without a vehicle.
There is plenty to do in Cupertino, and travelers looking for some rest & relaxation should consider this beautiful, quiet city as a destination for their next vacation. Many people who visit end up falling in love with the city, and once you visit, you may just find that you do too!