Destination guide

Bytes meet brilliant vistas in Mountain View

Mountain View does exactly what it says on the tin – the verdant peaks and troughs of the Santa Cruz Mountains bubble up on the horizon here. But there's more. On the north side of town, it's the deep blue waters of the San Francisco Bay that spread out, while the town itself is a medley of hi-tech industries, pedestrian-friendly paths, cutting-edge research centers, and enticing family attractions like the Shoreline Aquatic Center. What's more, Mountain View vacation rentals are primed for all sorts, ranging from cozy cottages to stylish condos in wholesome Sunnyvale.

Things to do

Mountain View offers digital attractions

Mountain View sits at the gateway to Silicon Valley, a part of the San Francisco Bay Area that's known for its innovative tech industries. Google is up there with the biggest who have their headquarters in the town, and it's worth spying out the sprawling Googleplex buildings before heading off to NASA Ames Research Center for self-guided tours about America's next projects in the cosmos. The Shoreline Aquatic Center, meanwhile, is the perfect place to visit for families who've rented Mountain View vacation rentals, what with its boating lake, duck ponds, and kayaking facilities.


Mountain View is for market lovers and techies

Start by taking in the laid-back vibes of Castro Street, where San Francisco hipsters mingle with tech heads in the cool cafés, gaming halls, and Mexican eateries. From there, it's possible to hop into performing arts centers, or make a beeline out to the sprawling headquarters of Google. Sunday mornings herald in the local farmers' markets here, where the stalls are packed with intriguing Asian veg and juicy Californian fruits alike. And then there are the green spaces of the bayside parks, which have golfing, kitesurfing, and kayaking aplenty.


Get ready for summer in the Bay Area

There's really no better time of year to settle in Mountain View vacation rentals close to the San Francisco Bay Area waters than the height of summer. It's then that parks like the Shoreline Aquatic Center will be buzzing with life and bobbing with boaters, while days are relatively cool and breezy all the way from June to early September. That said, spring in Mountain View also promises warm temperatures for breaking out into the Santa Cruz Mountains, along with some more wallet-friendly prices when it comes to places to stay.

Natural features

Between the mountains and the Bay Area

The rising peaks of the Santa Cruz Mountains are what gave Mountain View its name, and these can be seen peaking above the horizon on the south side of the city. They host verdant meadows and rock-peppered plateaus, where the panoramic driveways of the Skyline Boulevard mean scenic drives and access to some excellent trailheads. Immediately next to that are the grass-clad ridges of the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, home to bobcats and wild deer. Meanwhile, the other side of town has birding areas, and the sloshing waters of the Pacific for boating over.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Mountain View

Fly into Palo Alto, CA (PAO-Santa Clara County), the closest airport, located 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), which is 8.4 mi (13.5 km) away.

You can get around Mountain View by catching a ride on the metro at Mountain View Station, Evelyn Station or Whisman Station.

Where to stay around Mountain View?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 772 vacation rentals near Mountain View. From 323 Houses to 334 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mountain View for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mountain View?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mountain View:

  • Shoreline West: 47 vacation rentals
  • Old Mountain View: 50 vacation rentals
  • Whisman Station: 21 vacation rentals
  • Monta Loma: 45 vacation rentals
  • North Whisman: 24 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Mountain View?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Mountain View. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Shoreline Amphitheatre: 1,013 vacation rentals
  • Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts: 1,011 vacation rentals
  • Googleplex: 1,019 vacation rentals
  • NASA Ames Research: 1,013 vacation rentals
  • San Antonio Shopping Center: 1,030 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mountain View listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Mountain View?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 323 Houses in Mountain View. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mountain View include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 334 rentals available
  • Cottages: 25 rentals available
  • Cabins: 25 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mountain View?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 107 vacation rentals with pool available in Mountain View. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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