Cupertino is just one of the many cities that can be found in California’s vibrant San Francisco Bay Area. You can more specifically find it at the southern end of San Francisco Bay in Santa Clara County. To the near east of Cupertino lies San Jose. To the west, open land and parks abound. The location in general is agreeable for several different reasons. This has something to do with Cupertino’s high rank among the best places to live in California. This isn’t only a great place to live, however. It is also a great place to work or visit. Cupertino is where you can find the headquarters of a number of high-tech companies, including Apple Inc., and it is also home to more than 60 high-tech company offices. For the Cupertino visitor who is in town for leisure, it is easy to mix urban exposure with time spent in the great outdoors, and there is no shortage of enticing side trip opportunities to consider.

Flint Center for the Performing Arts

The more immediate region in which Cupertino California can be found is commonly referred to as the Silicon Valley. Among other things, it is a well-educated region, and well-educated people tend to have an appreciation for the arts. Catering to such people is the Flint Center in Cupertino. Run by De Anza College, the Flint Center is one of the most renowned performing arts centers in the West Valley area. Its large enclosed theater plays host to orchestra shows and various other kinds of performances. Word has it that a new performing arts center will be built at De Anza College, so that is something to look out for if you reside in Cupertino or are planning a visit. Also of interest at De Anza College are the Euphrat Museum of Art and the school’s monthly flea market. The museum offers changing exhibits and is open Monday through Thursday. The flea market attracts thousands from around the area and is held on the first Saturday of every month.

Open Space Preserves

Cupertino California has a population of nearly 60,000 and offers the kinds of things that you would expect to find in a small city. Other smaller area cities, such as neighboring Santa Clara, can also be explored by Cupertino visitors, and larger area cities like San Jose and San Francisco are just a short trip away. You don’t have to spend all of your time in the city when visiting the Cupertino region, however.

There is plenty of open land to the west of the Bay Area cities, and much of this land is occupied by preserves and other kinds of parks. Among the parks that are closest to Cupertino are Stevens Creek County Park and Upper Stevens Creek County Park. Stevens Creek County Park covers 1,077 acres and offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Its 92-acre reservoir is used for boating and fishing, for example, and popular land-based activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, and picnicking. Upper Stevens Creek County Park is a 1,095-acre expanse of wilderness that is well-known for its mature stands of redwoods and douglas firs. Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding are the most popular activities among Upper Stevens Creek County Park visitors. Plenty of other regional parks and preserves near Cupertino can also be a joy to visit for those who want to enjoy some quality time outdoors. Examples include, but aren’t limited to, the Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Portola Redwoods State Park, and Castle Rock State Park.

Cupertino Hotels & Lodging

Cupertino Hotels & Lodging
Cupertino Hotels & Lodging

A variety of campgrounds and RV parks can be found in the Cupertino area. An example of a place to find campsites is Sanborn Skyline County Park – to the south of Cupertino near Saratoga. An example of an area RV park is the Aloha RV ParK – north of Cupertino in Sunnyvale. As is true of some of the other area RV parks, the Aloha RV Park can accommodate both RV’s and Motor Homes and offers such amenities as sewer, water, electricity, and internet. For Cupertino California visitors who prefer staying at a hotel, there are plenty of good choices in the area. In Cupertino proper, the hotel that arguably reigns supreme is the Cypress Hotel (pictured). The style of this delightful boutique hotel could be described as Tuscany meets California, and guests can expect to enjoy high levels of comfort and service. Other Cupertino hotels that also offer considerable quality include the Hilton Garden Inn Cupertino and the Courtyard by Marriott San Jose-Cupertino. Another good bet on the local front is the Cupertino Inn.

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