Why the headquarters of iconic U.S. tech companies are now top tourist attractions

Google employees arriving after bicycling to work at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.

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Google employees arriving after bicycling to work at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.

With many tech companies enjoying worldwide prominence, and with fodders to match, some headquarters have now become architectural wonders in their own right.

Even company offices that aren’t architecturally gifted, have drawn wide interest for not only their high tech products and services but also their employee perks such as massages, volleyball courts, cafeterias stocked with free gourmet food, dry-cleaning and doctors on site. Both the state-of-the-art buildings and lifestyle are fascinating to outsiders.

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