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Beyond Silicon Valley in Santa Clara Located in the southern section of the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Clara is the center of Silicon Valley. According to David Andre, vice president, marketing and communications for the Santa Clara CVB, groups can learn more about tech history, as well as explore other aspects of the city’s rich history. He recommends these group-friendly attractions: Intel Museum Travelers can expe- rience high-tech up close at the Intel Museum. Hands-on exhibits show how silicon chips are made and chronicle technological inno- vations through the years that changed the world. Student groups can enjoy a number of hands-on programs, tailored for specific grade levels, in the attrac- tion’s state-of-the- art Learning Lab. Triton Museum of Art Mission Santa Clara de Asis Levi’s Stadium and the 49ers Museum The attraction features rotating exhibits and has permanent displays of 19th- and 20th- century American art. Visitors also can view the museum’s extensive collection of Native American tribal artifacts and explore the sculp- ture garden and grounds. This Santa Clara mission, which can be discovered on self-guided walks, is the eighth of 21 missions built in California. Founded in 1777 by Franciscans, the mission and sur- rounding gardens are located on the campus of Santa Clara University. During tours, guides detail the football stadium’s innova- tions, such as the recycled-water irrigation system that feeds the play- ing surface and the solar terraces above the suites. At the 49ers Museum, visitors see exhib- its covering the history of the San Francisco 49ers. For more information, contact Andre at or go to Intel Museum MARITIME MUSEUM of SAN DIEGO AT STAR OF INDIA WHARF 619.234.9153 1492 N. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA. 92101 - 3309 Smithsonian Affiliate Affiliate Smithsonian OPEN DAILY (STAR of INDIA Wha rf ) Special Group Rates! Ca 619.234.9153 ext.1 ll Now! 35 www.sdmaritime.o rg San Diego’s Only Waterfront Museum For Historic Vessels AND History Bay Cruises COME ABOARD the maritime museum ! A unique experience available only in San Diego. Explore a world-class collection of 10 historic vessels, rare artifacts, and educational exhibits. History comes alive by the sparkling waters of San Diego Bay 37