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San Jose Introduction

The rise of California’s electronics industry during the latter half of the 20th century brought hi-tech luster to the former farming community of San Jose. Today, the so-called “Capital of Silicon Valley” is one of the most affluent cities in the US, home to a world-class cultural scene, bold architectural landmarks, priceless art, and award-winning restaurants. The privileged community also boasts an enviable climate—on average, it enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year. Visitors are sure to find themselves seduced by this city’s laid-back ambience, unstinting hospitality, and small-town friendliness from the moment they switch to vacation mode.

Hotels in San Jose

Thanks to its proliferation of blue-chip companies, this city is used to catering for a regular influx of business travelers, contract workers, and convention delegates. San Jose hotels cater for every need, from no-frills overnight B&Bs to self-catering apartments that double as temporary workspaces. Benefit from the competitive rates of the major hotel brands, or cast off your corporate conformity in a quirky downtown boutique. Luxury hotels in San Jose pride themselves on bespoke service, so if you’re planning a romantic break filled with culture and fine dining, treat yourself to an elegant suite and prepare to be thoroughly spoiled.

Where to stay

Stay in San Jose’s downtown to explore heritage treasures like the ornate Oddfellows Building, a fine example of the Italianate style dating from the late 19th century, or the Spanish Colonial Revival El Paseo shopping block. The city’s first skyscraper, the 1926 Bank of America, is another notable landmark. From here, it’s also easy to make your way to San Francisco from Diridon Station. If you’re on a flying visit, check into one of the cheap hotels near San Jose International Airport for discount prices and the chance to catch a top-flight hockey game or superstar concert at the nearby SAP Center arena.

Things to see

It won’t take you long to discover that there’s a lot more to San Jose than silicon. Alum Rock Park, the first municipal park in California founded in 1872, offers fresh air, fabulous views, and lush vegetation, while the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is dedicated to protecting the unique habitat of the South Bay, prized for its diverse bird life. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph boasts a stunning sequence of stained glass windows depicting scenes from the life of Christ and the saints, and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum houses an internationally important collection of Egyptian art and artifacts. Learn more about the pioneering men and women who helped to build the prosperity of the Wild West at the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, or stroll through the vibrant Japantown neighborhood to soak up the sights, sounds, and tastes of San Jose’s long-established Asian community.

How to get to San Jose

Dionne Warwick sang “Do you know the way to San Jose?” way back in the ’60s—before Google revolutionized map-reading and Silicon Valley became one of the most famous addresses on the planet. San Jose International Airport offers direct flights to numerous destinations and is located a 10-minute drive from the center. The city also benefits from excellent links with the national road network and is connected to San Francisco by a regular rail service, Caltrain. Its public-bus system is easy to navigate, while the compact downtown lends itself perfectly to walking, cycling, or zipping around on trendy Segways.

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