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San JoseUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in San Jose

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Arena Hotel
Arena Hotel
3 out of 5
817 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
The price is CA $107 per night

Situated in San Jose, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of J. Lohr Winery, SAP Center at San Jose, and San Jose Convention Center. San Jose Center for the Performing ...

3.8/5Good! (2,497 reviews)

"We were in town for one night to take care of an errand. The hotel was fine. The ad said there was breakfast. It was not happening because of the virus. Would have been nice to have complimentary coffee and donuts or other handheld food that could very easily have been provided and still maintain ..."…"

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Arena Hotel
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
3.5 out of 5
282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA
The price is CA $123 per night

Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose Convention Center and The Tech Interactive. ...

4/5Very Good! (1,668 reviews)

"Front desk was very helpful Property was clean Amenities were great Cleaning staff was awesome"…"

Reviewed on May 17, 2020

Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
Hyatt House San Jose Airport
Hyatt House San Jose Airport
2.5 out of 5
2105 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA
The price is CA $139 per night

Located in North San Jose, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of San Jose Municipal Golf, Rivermark Village and Avaya Stadium. Silicon Valley University and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (40 reviews)

"The property was very convenient to the San Jose airport, was clean, the staff was friendly. I missed having the restaurant and bar open, but understand given the circumstances. I would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on May 9, 2020

Hyatt House San Jose Airport

Popular places to visit in San Jose

Winchester Mystery House
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Winchester Mystery House

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Wonder about the alleged hauntings and other mysteries as you chart the life of a gun magnate’s widow in this unfinished manor.

Children's Discovery Museum
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Children's Discovery Museum

5/5(1 review)

Watch your kids play with intriguing interactive displays and learn about community, connections and creativity in this acclaimed science museum.

The Tech Interactive
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The Tech Interactive

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Bring your kids to learn about modern advances and enjoy building your own robot and playing with the interactive displays in this museum’s themed galleries.

Alum Rock Park
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Alum Rock Park

Enjoy some time outdoors at one of San Jose’s oldest and prettiest public parks. Just a short drive from downtown, its caves, creeks and wildlife make it feel like a far-off wilderness. 

San Jose Museum of Art
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San Jose Museum of Art

5/5(1 review)

San Jose’s premier art institution celebrates West Coast creativity and explores the new frontiers of technology and art.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

4/5(2 reviews)

Travel back to Ancient Egypt and discover artifacts from thousands of years of Egyptian civilization including mummies, hieroglyphs and everyday objects.

Top things to do in San Jose

Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose
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Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose

88% of travellers recommend
CA $291
Per adult
Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)
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Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)

CA $56
Per adult
Yosemite One Day - Half Dome and El Capitan 4 Hours in Park
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Yosemite One Day - Half Dome and El Capitan 4 Hours in Park

94% of travellers recommend
CA $194
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in San Jose, California
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Vacation Photographer in San Jose, California

CA $351
Per adult
Yosemite One Way from San Francisco by Train and Bus
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Yosemite One Way from San Francisco by Train and Bus

CA $91
Per adult
San Francisco Airport Same Day Luggage Services
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San Francisco Airport Same Day Luggage Services

CA $49
Per adult

Reviews of San Jose

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5/5 - Excellent

Rhonda

Jan 8, 2020

We went to the Winchester house and it was amazing. The staff there were great as well.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 6, 2019

We were in Mountain View for a concert at Shoreline Ampitheater. Best venue ever for a rock concert! Didn't spend any time visiting anything else so don't really have much to say about the city. Very friendly Uber drivers though.

4/5 - Good

J.

Sep 2, 2019

Friendly people, things don't open until 10am, easy to get around using public transportation

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 25, 2019

Great place to stay for visit to Silicon Valley

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 24, 2019

Restaurants near this hotel close early and are not open on Sundays.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 10, 2019

They have friendly Uber drivers

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