Last week I spend for work in Silicon Valley CA. For everybody working in IT I would recommend to spend some time there. Every time when I'm there I can feel the IT buzz going around, it's very inspiring. It's probably the only place where it's cool to be an engineer ;-)
Although the large corporations are in competition with each other, they are also very open about what they are doing at lower levels in the organization. You can easily go a few times a week so some kind of seminar where someone tells about his/her work and achievements. It's seems to me that people are very proud to share their successes.
May be that's the inspirational part, trying to be there the next time and share my achievements ;-)