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San Jose
Travel Guide

St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica

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.

The Westin San Jose
The Westin San Jose
4 out of 5
302 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
The price is €98 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is steps away from Montgomery Theater, San Jose Convention Center and San Jose Civic Auditorium. The Tech Interactive ...

4.3/5Excellent! (910 reviews)

"Nice older hotel, no parking on-site is kind of a pain. Nothing open ims"…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2021

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Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Hotel Valencia Santana Row
4 out of 5
355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA
The price is €192 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (962 reviews)

"Fabulous location and nice spacious rooms"…"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
3 out of 5
282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA
The price is €91 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

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 San Jose Civic ...

3.9/5Very Good! (975 reviews)

"Good everything was ok Gdhjdid Uehdbdjs"…"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
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Sonesta ES Suites San Jose - Airport
Sonesta ES Suites San Jose - Airport
3 out of 5
1602 Crane Ct, San Jose, CA
The price is €121 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Silicon Valley University and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Rivermark Village. San Jose State University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (348 reviews)

"I was disappointed the pool wasn't open. It looked clean but they said it needed service. I really liked the room's we got. Ground floor 2 bedroom and 2 bath with kitchen. It was very nice and they gave us new towels when we asked for them"…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2021

Sonesta ES Suites San Jose - Airport
Large Master Room and Bathroom
Large Master Room and Bathroom
4944 Poplar Terrace, San Jose, CA
The price is €48 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr

Located in West San Jose, this condo is within 6 miles (10 km) of Villa Montalvo, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center and Santana Row Shopping Center. ...

3/5 (2 reviews)
The room was comfortable.

"Very helpful and appreciate the ease I felt staying there"…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

Large Master Room and Bathroom
Comfy and Cozy Private Bedroom
Comfy and Cozy Private Bedroom
5535 Eagles Ln, #4, San Jose, CA

Located in South San Jose, this condo is within 9 miles (15 km) of History Park, San Jose State University and San Jose Convention Center. SAP Center at San ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"I like the bed and all prepared things very clean and convenient to go buy daily grocery. Host response always are very fast and responsible people. Excellent!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2021

Comfy and Cozy Private Bedroom
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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Santana Row was sophisticated and pleasant to walk around with many good restaurants.