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Santa Clara sits within the sun kissed San Francisco Bay Area, just a 45 mile drive away from San Francisco itself. Home to many major high tech headquarters, the “Center of Silicon Valley” is a small city with lots of attractions. Enjoy thrills at California’s Great America, see the technological wizardry at the Intel Museum, sample a buffet of ethnic cuisines, or visit the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis. The city also plays host to a weekly Farmers' Market and a yearly Art and Wine Festival.

Things to see

For an action packed family day out, California’s Great America offers something for all ages. Enjoy white knuckle rollercoasters like Flight Deck, family-friendly rides like the Carousel Columbia, splashes at the Boomerang Bay Waterpark, or the whimsical Planet Snoopy - featuring Charlie Brown and the celebrated beagle himself. A few minutes away in San Jose you’ll find the SAP Center, the home rink of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. Set behind a glass fronted façade, the aptly nicknamed “Shark Tank” is a must-visit for fans. San Jose is also home to the bizarre, beautiful, and intriguing Winchester Mystery House. Built and endlessly altered during the 1880’s by Sarah Winchester, widow of the Winchester Rifle magnate, the Victorian mansion features many oddities. Among them, mazes of rooms and corridors, unusual staircases, secret passages, and a very peculiar “door to nowhere”. Some believe Sarah built the house to confuse ghosts, whilst others suspect it was to accommodate them.

Hotels in Santa Clara

From prestigious chain name establishments to budget brand favorites, the hotels in Santa Clara come suited for both work and pleasure. If it’s work you’re here for, then many of the larger lodgings offer the convenience of business centers and meeting rooms, along with high speed internet and desks in-room. Other amenities to expect include swimming pools, fitness facilities, and onsite eateries, whilst most rooms also provide cable television alongside their more business-minded features. The cheaper hotels in Santa Clara include budget name motels and inns, which offer less frilly extras and style, but spare none of the necessities.

Where to stay

El Camino is the small city’s primary thoroughfare, where you’ll find most of the action. Shoppers can hunt for big brand goods at the Westfield Valley Fair and the Rivermark Village shopping centers, or stock up on Californian produce at Franklin Square’s Farmers' Market. Foodies will enjoy the endless selection of ethnic restaurants, whilst Koreatown offers both authentic palate pleasers and Korean clothing and specialty goods. For history buffs, Old Quad is home to many intact 19th century abodes. If you don’t have a car, the public transport in Santa Clara comes in the form of VTA bus and light rail services – both of which are handy for sightseeing.

How to get to Santa Clara

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International - known more simply as San Jose International – is Santa Clara’s nearest airport, located just a few short minutes from the city’s core. It serves a hefty handful of major US cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angles, Las Vegas, and New York, as well as destinations in Hawaii and Mexico, and Tokyo’s Narita Airport too. The city is also reachable by rail. Both Caltrain and Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor service make stops at Santa Clara Station on the east side of the city, whilst the Amtrak also stops at Santa Clara – Great America Station too, located by the amusement park.

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