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What you should know about San Jose

Featuring tons of amazing attractions, incredible restaurants, and superb shopping opportunities, San Jose is the perfect vacation destination. It’s a city of two halves. Founded in 1777, it’s the oldest Spanish settlement in California, providing a wealth of history to discover. It’s also modern though, world-renowned as the heart of Silicon Valley and its entrepreneurial tech scene. These contrasting styles don’t clash though, but come together perfectly to create a unique and exciting city that provides unforgettable experiences.

Hotels in San Jose

When choosing a hotel in San Jose you have a huge variety to choose from, ranging from 2-star budget accommodation or upscale 4-star. The 4.5-star Fairmont San Jose is an excellent option if you’re looking for luxury hotels in San Jose. It provides elegant rooms, a full-service spa, outdoor pool, and a choice of four restaurants. The San Jose Marriott is one of the best 4-star hotels in San Jose, and features in-room childcare, a pool, and restaurant. For a San Jose B&B, try the Madison Street Inn. It has a home-away-from-home feel to it, at very affordable rates.

Things to see in San Jose

The Winchester Mystery House is one of the most unique, intriguing attractions you could ever hope to visit. It was built by the widow of William Winchester, who supposedly based its eccentric design on the belief that the ghosts of those who died by her husband’s namesake rifle were haunting the property. There are also many cultural sights in San Jose. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum has the largest exhibition of Egyptian artefacts in western North America, and includes a replica tomb and real Egyptian mummies. The San Jose Museum of Art is also well worth a visit. It features a large permanent collection of modern art, as well as rotating exhibitions. For an insight into the history of the area, plan a trip to Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. This gorgeous 19th-century church is simply stunning, and features an incredible painted ceiling, hand-carved statues, and magnificent stained-glass windows.

Good for families

San Jose is the perfect destination for those traveling with children. There are lots of family-friendly attractions to enjoy, such as the Children’s Discovery Museum or the Tech Museum of Innovation. You’ll also find an abundance of charming parks to explore, such as History Park, with its replica buildings and landmarks, and Alum Rock Park, with its hiking trails and spectacular views. Downtown San Jose also has a lot to offer. You can enjoy live entertainment and delicious food at San Pedro Square Market, or visit Japantown just a few blocks away.

How to get to San Jose

There are three major airports in the Bay Area, but the one closest is the San Jose International Airport (the other options are SFO and OAK). You can take a domestic flight to this airport from cities across the United States, including Portland, Los Angeles, and New York. From here it’s easy to reach your San Jose Hotel, as it’s just a few minutes’ drive to the downtown area. Diridon Station is the city’s main train station, and serves Amtrak lines Capitol Corridor and Coast Starlight, as well as the regional Caltrain service. Driving to San Jose is also easy thanks to the many freeways, which include US Route 101, and Interstate 280, 680, and 880.