Silicon Valley tours: Where to indulge your inner geek

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Menlo Park, Calif. (CNN) — It was just a blue and white sign on the side of a highway in a San Francisco suburb, but it was high on Mona Chada's list of landmarks to see show her sister.Facebook's "Like" sign, which sits at the entrance to the social media giant's campus in Menlo Park, California, is about the only thing that visitors can see and photograph at Facebook without knowing an employee. Chada knew that for her sister visiting from Singapore, like hundreds of other tourists who come here daily, just posing for a picture and posting it on Facebook for their friends to see and "like," would be worth the stop."This is a little Eiffel Tower of Silicon Valley," Chada said. "The last time we were here, there…
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Northern lights hotels: 7 great stay-and-view spots

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(CNN) — The Nordic air is freezing. From the hot tub, steam rises into the starry sky. As you take another sip of wine, light starts rippling above you: dancing beams of green and purple. You lean back, further immersing yourself in the warm water, eyes pointed to the sky. You've waited a long time to see this. Winter's almost upon us -- and with it come ample opportunities to witness the natural phenomenon known as the northern lights. In some destinations, the show has already begun. "Yesterday was a great night with auroras and the Milky Way lining up," said Johan Löfgren, owner of the Arctic Gourmet Cabin in Sweden. "But overcooking the piece of reindeer meat -- just to get a picture -- was of course not an…
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Thanksgiving destinations: 5 great places to go

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(CNN) — Thanksgiving is the busiest travel holiday period of the year, with tens of millions expected to travel.For anyone not loading up the SUV to make the trek to Grandma's house for her famous cranberry stuffing this year, here are some other yummy options you might want to consider. And you don't even need a passport.Space for many of these events is limited and could fill up. If you miss out this year, you might want to get ahead of the game and book it for next Thanksgiving. Check out these destinations across the USA:1. See where it all started: Plymouth, MassachusettsThis historic settlement south of Boston, where the voyagers aboard the Mayflower landed in 1620, was the site of the first Thanksgiving. Visitors to Plymouth can step back…
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