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San Jose, CA
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 $107 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in North San Jose, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rivermark Village, Intel Museum, and Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,136 reviews)
"The hotel room was very comfortable and clean. Great"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Jose Airport
Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Hotel Valencia Santana Row
4 out of 5
355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA
The price is $199 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
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! (947 reviews)
"The room was nice, but plain. No coffee maker set up, it was high on a shelf. Little soap or tp in bathroom. Had to request more, which was prompt. Good location. Comfortable bed., strong WiFi, tv huge. No clear understanding of room service or how to get free continental breakfast. Starbucks ..."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Hotel Valencia Santana Row
The Westin San Jose
The Westin San Jose
4 out of 5
302 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
The price is $124 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is steps from Montgomery Theater, San Jose Convention Center, and San Jose Civic Auditorium. The Tech Interactive and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (940 reviews)
"Hotel parking or parking validation would be great. Had to pay for room and for overnight parking in downtown on top of that."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

The Westin 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.
Large Deluxe Studio in San Jose Downtown
Large Deluxe Studio in San Jose Downtown
San Jose, CA
The price is $99 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated in San Jose, this vacation home is within 3 mi (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 Aug 11, 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 $155 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 9
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 Jul 21, 2020

Luxury Stay Near Santana Row for Vacation/business
Santana Row Luxury Executive Loft 2br/1,5bath
Santana Row Luxury Executive Loft 2br/1,5bath
San Jose, CA
Located in the center of San Jose, this family-friendly apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Mall, Winchester Mystery ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Visiting family
"This was a wonderful place to stay! Communication and check in was excellent. The unit was very well set up and all details thought through. It was everything we wanted and needed. Santana Row can be noisy, but this unit faces away from the Main Street, and is very quiet. We would definitely stay ..."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Santana Row Luxury Executive Loft 2br/1,5bath
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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