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You'll soon discover why tourists love visiting San Jose. Regardless of your age or interests, there are lots of experiences and sights to dive into. Book your airfare, get those bags packed and prepare to explore this fabulous city.

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A visit to San Jose doesn't have to hurt your hip pocket. You can leave your wallet behind if you check out:

ART-TECH Silicon Valley Institute of Art & Technology - Old or young, this gallery will pique your imagination and hold your attention.

Silicon Valley U.S. Patent & Trademark Office - Architecture lover or not, get set to be impressed by this landmark's modern design.

Peralta Adobe and Fallon House Historic Site - Detour to this historic landmark and learn a bit about the cultural heritage of the region.

San Pedro Square - Saunter down the sidewalks and lose yourself in the atmosphere of this favorite local haunt.

Adobe Corporate Headquarters - If you'd like to explore a few of the more important or unique places in the community, start here.

St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica - Whatever your religious leanings, this site will inspire a sense of reverence.

Coyote Creek Parkway Path - You're bound to reconnect with Mother Nature at this magnificent spot.

Saint James Park - Organize a picnic and enjoy a relaxing stroll around the trees and shrubs.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in San Jose on a sunny day?
What to do in San Jose on a rainy day?
What is San Jose famous for?
Winchester Mystery House is usually mentioned in the same breath as San Jose, so allow enough time to visit.
What should I not miss in San Jose?
Put these things high on your to-do list to make the most of your trip:

  • SAP Center at San Jose
  • San Jose Convention Center
  • San Jose State University
  • Children’s Discovery Museum

Are there cheap things to do in San Jose?
What can you do in San Jose for free?
You’ll hardly have time to grab your wallet out of your pocket with so many wonderful free things to do:

  • Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Mall
  • Kelley Park
  • Santana Row Shopping Center
  • Cisco Systems Corporate Headquarters

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