Take a break from work with an inexpensive weekend in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is home to many of the world's largest high-tech corporations and hundreds of the world's most important garages. It was here, after all, that Hewlett-Packard and Apple launched from their family garages.

The spirit of innovation is alive and well in Silicon Valley today. It remains the go-to place for those with an idea for the next big tech innovation and is the home of thousands of startups.

From the beginning of Benja, it seemed inevitable that we would end up in Silicon Valley. After we completed the Blue Startups program in Honolulu, it was time.

Of course, as a startup getting ready to scale up, we needed to watch our budgets. We learned how to  enjoy all that Silicon Valley has to offer without breaking the bank. Without further adieu, here are the places we visited to escape the techiness of the Valley:

1. Intel Museum

Whilst you’re in the tech capital of the world be sure to check out a museum dedicated to educating its visitors on technological advancements. Intel Museum boasts exhibits on how silicon microchips are made, tech innovators and Intel co-founders Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, and you can also learn about how the first microprocessor was made.

Price: Free!

2. San Jose Giants

Stop by at the Municipal Stadium and watch the Giants conquer minor league baseball. There’s a great selection of food and beer, and you’ll always have a good view on all of the action wherever your seats may be. What’s better than watching a fun game of baseball?

Price: General admission is usually $10

3. Rancho San Antonio County Park

If you enjoy hiking/biking and the outdoors, Rancho San Antonio County Park is not to be missed. With 3,988 acres of open space and tons of trails to explore, you can get lost in the outdoors and enjoy the views. There’s even Deer Hollow Farm, a working farm with pigs, goats, cows, chicken and other animals.

Price: Free

4. Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House is a Victorian mansion which was once the residence of Sarah Winchester, widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. Today, the mansion is said to be haunted by many different spirits and is open to the public. So, if you’re a fan of all things creepy and mazes packing with eccentric architecture, you should definitely check this out.

Price: $22 - $46


5. Grizzly Peak

Grizzly Peak is an extraordinary summit which is a little further out from the hub of Silicon Valley, but totally worth travelling to if you’d like to experience some breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline. For an added bonus, go at sunset to watch as the sky takes on orange, purple, and pink hues.

Price: Free

So there you have it! Silicon Valley isn't all about tech; while there's plenty of business to be done, don't forget to experience all the other activities the area has to offer.