Mountain View’s founders named the city for its “bird’s-eye” view of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Google makes its headquarters here and employs upwards of 23,000 people. Most of its employees are Mountain View residents, about 20 percent of the city’s 75,000 population. LinkedIn got its start here, and other companies that call Mountain View home include Nokia, Microsoft, and 23andMe.
Conveniently between San Francisco and Santa Cruz, commuters using Light Rail and CalTrans can easily reach San Jose Airport, 11 miles south, and San Francisco Airport, 25 miles north.
The downtown area of Mountain View is lively and offers a great selection of restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Shoreline Amphitheater, nestled between Google’s campus and the bay, hosts events with 22,000 people in the open air.. In a connectivity partnership, Google offers free public Wi-Fi along Mountain View’s downtown corridor.
Outdoor lovers can visit Shoreline park, just beyond the amphitheater, for boat rentals, walking trails, and biking paths. Shoreline Golf Links, a municipal course, is challenging yet affordable. Several other parks and green spaces in the city offer places for dogs to run. You’ll also find skate parks, swimming pools, and much more in Mountain View for families to enjoy.