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Shoreline Amphitheatre Introduction

Built on a landfill site in 1986, the Shoreline Amphitheatre had an early series of methane leaks which ignited small fires, and it is now the largest Green-certified venue in the United States. This is a fairly typical story for what is an unusual venue. The amphitheatre was designed to look like The Grateful Dead's "steal your face" logo, and the iconic band have since played at Shoreline no fewer than 39 times. The outdoor amphitheater is in Mountain View and has a capacity of 30,000; its name derives from its short distance from the banks of San Francisco Bay.

Hotels near Shoreline Amphitheatre

With its close proximity to the headquarters of Google and LinkedIn, there are plenty of hotels nearby catering for both venue visitors, and contractors. The hotels tend to be in modern buildings and range from 2-star to 4-star offerings. Most include free breakfast and Wi-Fi, and many also have outdoor pools, and sometimes sports courts. There are a couple of luxury 5-star hotels close to Stanford University, with features such as walk-in closets, rainfall showers and marble bathtubs. The winter is quieter and room rates tend to be lower at this time.

Where to stay near Shoreline Amphitheatre

There is a string of hotels along El Camino Real in Mountain View, which is just over 3 miles away. The city is named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and features a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a free Wi-Fi network. Nearby Palo Alto is a city that thrives on innovation and Stanford University sits on its edge. The attractive campus has a vibrant “arts district” featuring sculpture parks. In the other direction is the lively city of San Jose. The Downtown features upscale restaurants and the SoFA (South First Area) nightclub district.

Things to see near Shoreline Amphitheatre

By the water, the Shoreline Boathouse offers great views over the bay, as well as bird-watching and cycling, and there are a couple of bayside golf courses. Adrenaline seekers may wish to visit Boomerang Bay Water Park and California's Great America, both of which feature thrill rides. The Tech Museum of Innovation has exhibits on robotics, space exploration and the science of genetics, while the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum has mummies and a reproduction of an ancient subterranean tomb. In the other direction Stanford University offers attractive walks around the Rodin and Papua New Guinea Sculpture Gardens, and the Arizona Cactus Garden.

How to get to Shoreline Amphitheatre

There are train services to San Francisco and San Jose, as well as the two cities’ airports, from Mountain View on the Caltrain Line. In Mountain View, there are also Light Rail services to San Jose on the Valley Transportation Authority network. The amphitheater is easily accessed off the Bayshore Freeway, a section of U.S. Route 101 which follows the bay and connects San Jose with San Francisco. The nearest passenger airports are San Francisco International Airport (24 miles) and Mineta San Jose International Airport, which is 12 miles away.
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