Cupertino is a city in Silicon Valley at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay.


Cupertino (pop. 65,000) is situated up against the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains. It is something of an anomaly being the one city in the South Bay that doesn't have a distinct town center or main street. It is home to Apple Inc. and a handful of other tech companies, a highly rated local schools system and quiet neighborhoods.

Get in

It's 15 minutes west of San Jose and 45 minutes south of San Francisco. The nearest railway, Caltrain (connecting San Francisco with Gilroy, stops in downtown Sunnyvale, about a ten minute drive from the city center.

Get around

Cupertino has 2 major streets: De Anza Blvd., which runs North-South, and Stevens Creek Blvd., which runs East-West. The intersection of these two streets is in the center of Cupertino, and most of the businesses and shopping centers in the city are located in the area.

Highways 85 and 280 cross through Cupertino. These provide excellent access to the western cities in the South Bay, and to downtown San Jose (respectively).

Public transportation in Cupertino, as is the case for much of Silicon Valley, is very poor due to the low population density and demographics of the region.

Traffic is not much of an issue and major streets come with bike lanes, so biking is relatively safe.



Hiking trails can be found in the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve, with is connected with the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve, offering even more options. Streets generally have bike lanes and (sparsely-used) sidewalks that can be good for jogging.


Cupertino is served by a large regional enclosed mall, Vallco Fashion Park. It features Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Although the mall has seen better days, you can count on easy parking and no crowds. The mall is currently in the beginning stages of redevelopment, but will still keep the enclosed mall. The largest and newest attraction in the mall is the AMC 16 movie theater, opened in the past few years, with multiple IMAX projectors. Parking can be difficult to find on weekends in the evening due to the theater's popularity.

Apple's headquarters features "The Company Store." The store sells Apple logo merchandise not available at its standard retail stores, including t-shirts and small gifts, iPods and accessories, but does not sell most Apple hardware. It is open 10AM to 5:30PM Monday thru Friday, and closed on some American Holidays.


Cupertino has a large Chinese population and so has a lot of Asian food choices. It doesn't have a walkable downtown and most of the restaurants are in smaller strip malls.


The following hotels and motels aren't in Cupertino proper but are very close, in San Jose, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale. Downtown San Jose is home to the finest hotels in the area.

Stay safe

Be careful to check for ticks after hiking in fields in the bay area. There is a high rate of lyme disease transmission in the Bay Area. If a bulls' eye rash develops at the tick bite site, immediately seek medical help and treatment with antibiotics.

Cupertino is very safe, with violent crime virtually nonexistent. On the other hand, this means the local sheriff's deputies have little to do but hide behind bushes to catch drivers for moving violations. Be sure to obey traffic laws while in Cupertino.

Go next

Routes through Cupertino

San Francisco Los Altos  N  S  San Jose END
Mountain View Sunnyvale  N  S  Saratoga San Jose

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