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San Jose
Travel Guide

San Jose showing modern architecture

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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Jose Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Jose Airport
2.5 out of 5
2585 Seaboard Ave, San Jose, CA
The price is £82 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Located in North San Jose, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Rivermark Village, Intel Museum and Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Edward Peterman Museum of ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,129 reviews)
"Everything"

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Jose Airport
The Westin San Jose
The Westin San Jose
4 out of 5
302 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
The price is £92 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is steps away from Montgomery Theater, San Jose Convention Center and San Jose Civic Auditorium. The Tech Interactive ...
4.2/5Excellent! (937 reviews)
"This is a beautiful historic hotel. The staff was very warm and friendly."

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

The Westin San Jose
Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Hotel Valencia Santana Row
4 out of 5
355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA
The price is £165 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santana Row Shopping Center, Winchester Mystery House and Westfield Valley Fair Shopping ...
4.4/5Excellent! (945 reviews)
"The front staff did not explain ANYTHING about the hotel. I was handed a piece of paper and made to figure it out myself. The hotel itself was wonderful. Beautiful grounds, rooms and pool. I guess I was unlucky with the check in."

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2021

Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Large Deluxe Studio in San Jose Downtown
Large Deluxe Studio in San Jose Downtown
1442 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA
The price is £118 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Situated in San Jose, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of San Pedro Square, SAP Center at San Jose and San Jose State University. San Jose Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Nice place to stay
"Really enjoyed my stay here, nice and quiet and in a nice area!"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019

Large Deluxe Studio in San Jose Downtown
Luxury Stay Near Santana Row for Vacation/business
Luxury Stay Near Santana Row for Vacation/business
San Jose, CA
The price is £169 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Located in West San Jose, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Winchester Mystery House and Santana Row Shopping Center. Westfield Valley Fair ...
3.7/5Good! (3 reviews)
Great host!
"Great host! Timely communications every step of the way. Great location -- close to all needed amenities. Nice property and enjoyed our stay!"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2020

Luxury Stay Near Santana Row for Vacation/business
@ Marbella Lane 3BR SFR Duplex San Jose
@ Marbella Lane 3BR SFR Duplex San Jose
3.5 out of 5
1082 Myrtle St, San Jose, CA
Located in Newhall, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Santa Clara de Asis and Santa Clara University. SAP Center at San Jose and Winchester ...
@ Marbella Lane 3BR SFR Duplex San Jose
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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