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San JoseUnited States of America

Snap photos of the surrounding mountains and enjoy the sunshine as you learn about innovation in the unofficial capital of Silicon Valley.

As a major player in the technology industry, San José is a modern city known for its scientific advances and informative museums. Bring your kids to this family-friendly community in the San Francisco Bay Area with many green spaces and ample opportunities for learning about the future.

San José’s forward-thinking philosophy is encapsulated by its iconic Children’s Discovery Museum. Enter the purple-walled complex for a world of science and technology across numerous exhibits. Let your kids do experiments in the Wonder Cabinet and produce works in the Art Loft. Walk north across the scenic Monopoly in the Park public games area. Consider a picnic on the Guadalupe River.

Nearby is The Tech Museum of Innovation, where kids will learn about internet safety and healthcare advances. Build a robot and review recent inventions. Watch a movie about nature and technology on the huge IMAX screen. Relax in the adjacent Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park year-round on one of San José’s many sunny days.

The city’s strength lies in its blending of urban features with parks and trails. Stroll along Los Gatos Creek Trail and Los Alamitos Creek Trail for excellent views of the mountainous suburbs. Wander along the paths of the stunning San José Municipal Rose Garden to see the elegant fountain amid pretty flowers.

Aside from nature and technology, the city has fascinating stories to tell. Take a guided tour of the eerie Winchester Mystery House to learn about an obsessive and disturbed rifle heiress and her haunted manor. Visit St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica for its acclaimed stained-glass windows and intricate pipe organ. Discover one of the largest collections of Egyptian relics in western North America at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.

The city is 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of San Francisco in Northern California. Fly to the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport or the San Francisco International Airport. Get around the city by light rail or bus.

San José is a modern, green city at the height of modernity.

Where to stay in San Jose

San Jose Museum of Art featuring interior views

Downtown San Jose

3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown San Jose. You can visit top attractions like SAP Center at San Jose and San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, and jump on the metro at San Fernando Station or Convention Center Station to see more of the city.

Downtown San Jose
South San Jose, San Jose, California, United States of America

South San Jose

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in South San Jose. If sightseeing is on the list, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Blossom Hill Station (VTA) or Snell Station to see more of the area.

South San Jose
North San Jose, San Jose, California, United States of America

North San Jose

3/5(6 area reviews)

While you're in North San Jose, take in top sights like San Jose Municipal Golf or Samsung Semiconductor Inc, and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Cropley Station or Hostetter Station.

North San Jose
Winchester Mystery House

West San Jose

While there might not be top attractions in West San Jose, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Winchester Mystery House and Santana Row Shopping Center.

West San Jose
East San Jose, San Jose, California, United States of America

East San Jose

While you're in East San Jose, take in top sights like Raging Waters or Lake Cunningham Park, and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Alum Rock Station or McKee Station.

East San Jose
Evergreen, San Jose, California, United States of America

Evergreen

If you're spending time in Evergreen, check out sights like Raging Waters or Montgomery Hill and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Cottle Station or Snell Station.

Evergreen

Top hotels in San Jose

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Fairmont San Jose
The Fairmont San Jose
5 out of 5
170 S Market Street, San Jose, CA
£129
per night
3 Apr-4 Apr

Located in Downtown San Jose, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Jose Convention Center and San Jose State University. SAP Center at San Jose ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,080 reviews)

"The hotel was so clean and quiet. I enjoyed my stay there and was happy with the service."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

The Fairmont San Jose
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
3.5 out of 5
282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA
£117
per night
3 Apr-4 Apr

Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose Convention Center and The Tech Interactive. ...

4/5Very Good! (1,619 reviews)

"The location was ideal in the center of everything. Only down fall was the corona virus but staff kept up with cleaning and helping guest."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
Arena Hotel
Arena Hotel
3 out of 5
817 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£59
per night
30 Mar-31 Mar

Situated in San Jose, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of J. Lohr Winery, SAP Center at San Jose, and San Jose Convention Center. San Jose Center for the Performing ...

3.8/5Good! (2,443 reviews)

"A charming hotel. Friendly staff. Clean overall. I enjoyed my stay. It's located in the same parking lot practically as a CVS, which made getting supplies very convenient. Located within walking distance of several coffee shops and restaurants. I enjoyed the Jacuzzi and overall had a solid experience ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Arena Hotel

Popular things to do in San Jose

San Jose Convention Center
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San Jose Convention Center

5/5(2 reviews)

Find out what's happening in San Jose Convention Center during your trip – a top convention centre in San Jose. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Winchester Mystery House
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Winchester Mystery House

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Wonder about the alleged hauntings and other mysteries as you chart the life of a gun magnate’s widow in this unfinished manor.

Children's Discovery Museum
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Children's Discovery Museum

Watch your kids play with intriguing interactive displays and learn about community, connections and creativity in this acclaimed science museum.

Santana Row Shopping Center
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Santana Row Shopping Center

4/5(1 review)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Santana Row Shopping Center, a favourite shopping spot in San Jose. Attend a sporting event or discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area.

The Tech Interactive
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The Tech Interactive

4/5(2 reviews)

Bring your kids to learn about modern advances and enjoy building your own robot and playing with the interactive displays in this museum’s themed galleries.

Alum Rock Park
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Alum Rock Park

Enjoy some time outdoors at one of San Jose’s oldest and prettiest public parks. Just a short drive from downtown, its caves, creeks and wildlife make it feel like a far-off wilderness. 

Top activities in San Jose

Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)
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Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)

£35
Per adult
Yosemite One Day - Half Dome and El Capitan 4 Hours in Park
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Yosemite One Day - Half Dome and El Capitan 4 Hours in Park

94% of travellers recommend
£99
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California

80% of travellers recommend
£8
Per adult
Urban Adventure Quest - San Jose
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Urban Adventure Quest - San Jose

£6
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of California
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of California

£8
Per adult
Self-Guided San Jose Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided San Jose Scavenger Hunt

£9
Per adult

Reviews of San Jose

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 31.25%
4 - Good
6
4 - Good 37.5%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 18.75%
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2 - Disappointing 12.5%
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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

19 Jan 2020

Santana Row was sophisticated and pleasant to walk around with many good restaurants.

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