Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay, Mountain View is a diverse community ideally located in the middle of the Silicon Valley (10 miles north of San Jose and 35 miles south of San Francisco). At just over 12 square miles, the City is home to approximately 75,000 residents, many nationally and internationally known corporations, and a thriving small business base.
From outdoor entertainment and recreation to technological industry and a thriving Downtown shopping district, Mountain View entices visitors to enjoy all it has to offer. Explore the City by playing in over 1,000 acres of park and wildlife areas, dining at delectable restaurants, watching live performances at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts and Shoreline Amphitheatre, discovering the historic Rengstorff House, and visiting the Computer History Museum.
Mountain View is easily accessible from a variety of public transit systems with daily operating schedules. The CalTrain rail system (which chose the City as a stopping point for the Baby Bullet Commuter Train), the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Light Rail and bus lines, as well as numerous bike paths serve residents and visitors with excellent transportation options.
When planning a trip to Mountain View, you can learn more about visiting the area by viewing Local Attractions in the following section or visiting the links below.
For more information about the City of Mountain View, please visit the City’s About Us page or contact City Hall at 650-903-6300 during regular business hours.
- Center for the Performing Arts
- City Parks, Trails, and Facilities
- City Services
- Community Events
- Getting Around MV
The City of Mountain View is a fantastic place to shop, dine, explore and play. It offers some of the finest recreation destinations in the Bay Area and is conveniently located on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose.
Mountain View enjoys an average of 106 days of clear skies each year. Daytime temperatures are moderate, often in the fifties and sixties in the winter and the seventies and eighties in the summertime.
Shoreline at Mountain View features 750-acres of regional recreation and wildlife open space and is home to a wildlife sanctuary that contains rare migratory birds. A network of trails, bridges and roadways weave through Shoreline Park for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists to enjoy. The area also offers a stunning eighteen-hole championship-level golf course with a full functioning clubhouse; Shoreline Amphitheatre that holds up to 25,000 people for musical performances, private functions and corporate events; and Shoreline Lake for kayaking and sailing, as well as a lakeside café with a full service restaurant.
Located at the entrance to the North Bayshore Business District on Shoreline Boulevard, is the Computer History Museum. The museum features fascinating exhibits about computer history, related technologies, and their relevance in modern life. Children and adults love to explore the interactive installations while discovering history they thought they knew.
The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts offers year-round theatrical and musical performances by renowned artists, troupes and performers. Booklovers are welcome to explore the 70,000 square foot state of the art Mountain View Public Library, which houses a 3-D printer, a seed bank, and a historical room as well as classes and events for children, youth and adults. Both facilities are built around the Downtown's Pioneer Park and Civic Center.
Downtown Mountain View is a pedestrian-orientated destination point, offering cuisines for every taste, as well as specialty shops, bookstores, coffeehouses, and sidewalk cafes. With lots of great parking, year-round events such as the Farmer’s Market, the Mountain View Art and Wine Festival, and the City’s summer concert series provide a lively, fun and friendly environment.