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Sunnyvale may be one of the Peninsula’s smaller cities, but it is home to a lively and historic downtown.

As home turf for high-tech titans such as Yahoo!, AMD, Network Appliance and Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale is truly “made in Silicon Valley.” The city boasts 772 acres of parks and open spaces, and for three years in a row won’s title of safest city in America.

A wide array of international cuisines is on offer along downtown’s lively tree-shaded South Murphy Avenue, jammed on both sides with restaurants, many with sidewalk seating. Irish bars, a brewpub, a wine room, and other nightspots carry on the fun into the late evening.

History buffs should visit the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, a replica of the home of the Murphy family, among the original settlers in the Santa Clara Valley.

Events throughout the year include a farmers market at historic Murphy Avenue and Washington every Saturday, 9am–1pm, throughout the year; an annual art and wine festival in June; live outdoor jazz on Murphy Avenue on Wednesday and Saturday evenings in the summer; and a classic car show in September.