San Jose, CA

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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 Cabinetand 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

Wyndham Garden San Jose Silicon Valley
Wyndham Garden San Jose Silicon Valley
3.5 out of 5
399 Silicon Valley Boulevard, San Jose, CA, 95138
The price is $103 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 20
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in San Jose. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,002 reviews)
"The area where is located is very secure"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Wyndham Garden San Jose Silicon Valley
Holiday Inn San Jose - Silicon Valley, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn San Jose - Silicon Valley, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
1350 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA, 95112
Fully refundable
The price is $152 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in San Jose. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.8/5 Good! (981 reviews)
"Clean and nice atmosphere!"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

Holiday Inn San Jose - Silicon Valley, an IHG Hotel
Wyndham Garden San Jose Airport
Wyndham Garden San Jose Airport
3 out of 5
1355 N 4th Street, San Jose, CA, 95112
The price is $114 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in San Jose. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.2/5 (1,160 reviews)
"I needed a plunger at 9pm and the front desk told me no maintenance person til 9am. So we couldn't flush the toilet."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

Wyndham Garden San Jose Airport
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.
Sonesta ES Suites San Jose Airport
Sonesta ES Suites San Jose Airport
3 out of 5
1602 Crane Ct, San Jose, CA, 95112
The price is $187 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Jose. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (446 reviews)
"First time in San Jose and was already dubious to stay as I had heard it was dangerous. I will not say I felt super safe here, I was constantly looking over my shoulder and checking the windows in the suite despite reception telling us the rooms didn’t get broken into just all the cars. I didn’t ..."

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites San Jose Airport
Santana Row Executive Luxury Condo - Silicon Valley - Levi's Stadium
Santana Row Executive Luxury Condo - Silicon Valley - Levi's Stadium
San Jose, CA
Stay at this condo in San Jose. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the WiFi and the convenient parking in our reviews. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (99 reviews)
Location can’t be beat
"The apartment is situated perfectly for east access to Santana Row and Westfield and is also convenient to Safeway and CVS. The building is very safe with lots of cameras so it’s the perfect place to stay for a woman traveling alone. Johnny is also very attentive and quick to respond."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

Santana Row Executive Luxury Condo - Silicon Valley - Levi's Stadium
Private studio for rent in Willow Glen/ West San Jose
Private studio for rent in Willow Glen/ West San Jose
San Jose, CA
Stay at this vacation home in San Jose. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions SAP Center at San Jose and Winchester Mystery House are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"I was happy to be able to stay near my son's apartment. Safe, quiet, very nice neighborhood and modern decor. I hope to stay here again!"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

Private studio for rent in Willow Glen/ West 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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