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Popular amenities for Mountain View vacation rentals

Stay near Mountain View's top sights

Googleplex313 locals recommend
Shoreline Amphitheatre Parking121 locals recommend
Whole Foods Market341 locals recommend
Computer History Museum255 locals recommend
Safeway199 locals recommend
Target149 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Mountain View

  • Total rentals

    940 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    24K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    330 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    240 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    240 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    500 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Mountain View

Welcome to Mountain View

Just a little over twelve square miles, Mountain View is a small city with enormous impact. A former agricultural hub, it’s now known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley. Heavyweight tech companies have sprawling, glossy campuses here alongside scientific outposts such as the NASA Ames Research Center — home to the world’s largest wind tunnel — and the SETI Institute, whose scientists have been searching for life beyond Earth since 1984. Despite all the money zooming around, the glitz is mostly contained to the lavish tech campuses.

Mountain View itself is a cluster of residential neighborhoods such as Monta Loma, which one particular icon of personal computing once called home, and where the streets are lined with classic mid-century ranches. Mountain View’s pedestrian-friendly downtown centered on Castro Street is the city’s dining hub, with options from burgers and beer to award-winning French cuisine packed within its boundaries. Visitors and locals alike can get plenty of exercise at Shoreline at Mountain View, a 750-acre park with a golf course, sailing lake, and a kite lot where enthusiasts get tricky with stunt kites.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Mountain View

Mountain View enjoys a mild climate year-round. Summer and late fall are the warmest months, and you may have to compete for sidewalk seating downtown on balmy nights. In September, Castro Street comes alive with the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, which features more than 500 artists, as well as live music, and fine wine and food vendors. Things cool down considerably in the winter, and January and February are the wettest months.

Top things to do in Mountain View

Computer History Museum

Geek out at this museum that celebrates the history of all things tech. The centerpiece collection on the first 2,000 years of computing includes such fascinating artifacts as analog computers made of wood and wire and a Commodore 64, the pioneering desktop cube first sold in 1982. Drop by the learning lab to see a demonstration of orchestrions — mechanical musical instruments similar to an organ.

Rengstorff House

Located in Shoreline at Mountain View Park, this circa-1867 Victorian Italianate building is the oldest house in the city. Once slated for demolition, this historic house has been lovingly restored. Inside you’ll find grand marble fireplaces, period wallpaper, and 10-foot ceilings hung with brass chandeliers. Free tours are offered throughout the week.

Castle Rock State Park

Mountain View is surrounded by many of Northern California’s most scenic driving routes, from the cinematic coastal Highway 1 (the seaside town of Half Moon Bay is just 30 miles to the northwest of the city) to the rural Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where a number of picturesque state parks reside. Castle Rock is a gem among these parks, offering trails that take visitors from lush forests to sweeping vistas from the surfaces of sculpted sandstone. It’s a popular destination for hikers as well as climbers who scale the namesake rock. Note that cell reception here is very spotty, so map your route before you arrive.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Mountain View?

    Mountain View enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Average temperatures range from 42°F to 62°F (5°C to 16°C) in winter, and 55°F to 77°F (13°C to 25°C) in summer. It's a city often bathed in California sunshine, with over 260 sunny days per year.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Mountain View?

    In Mountain View, you can explore the Computer History Museum, take a stroll in Shoreline Park, or enjoy a performance at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Moreover, tech enthusiasts may appreciate a visit to the Googleplex, the headquarters of Google.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Mountain View?

    The most popular time to visit Mountain View is from June to August, thanks to the warm weather and outdoor events. The city hosts the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival in September, and the Thursday Night Live event series in the summer, featuring music, farmers' markets, and more.

  • What are the best places to stay in Mountain View?

    Downtown Mountain View, with its walkable streets and numerous restaurants and shops, is a popular area to stay. Old Mountain View is also renowned for its charming, historic homes. For more tranquil surroundings, consider the Shoreline West neighborhood, known for its parks and outdoor spaces.

  • What are the best places to visit in Mountain View?

    Popular places to visit in Mountain View include the Computer History Museum, the NASA Ames Research Center, and the Mountain View Farmers' Market. The city's downtown also has an array of shops, restaurants, and cafes.

  • What are some hiking trails in Mountain View?

    Mountain View has several hiking trails to explore. The Stevens Creek Trail is a local favorite, following the creek for about 5 miles (8 km). Shoreline Park also has several trails, offering views over the San Francisco Bay and abundant birdlife.

  • What are some family activities to do in Mountain View?

    Families can enjoy a day at the Shoreline Lake Boathouse, where you can rent paddle boats or learn to windsurf. The Moffett Field Historical Society Museum is also a fun and educational experience. A picnic at Rengstorff Park or a bike ride along the Stevens Creek Trail could also be enjoyable.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Mountain View?

    Palo Alto, just 7 miles (11 km) away, is worth exploring with its prestigious Stanford University and vibrant downtown. San Jose, 13 miles (21 km) southeast, is known for its tech museums and cultural scene. Or, head 13 miles (21 km) north to San Francisco for a day of exploring its iconic landmarks.

  • Do condo rentals in Mountain View have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 condo rentals with a gym in Mountain View. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Mountain View?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 320 homes with wireless internet, over 10 homes with a gym, over 30 homes with a bbq area, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

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