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San Jose
Welcome to bustling San Jose, where Silicon Valley meets Spanish history and modern edifices sit alongside meticulously restored 19th-century buildings. Such is the contrast of this city rich in tradition and, thanks to the tech industry, just plain rich. Five star-hotels and fine restaurants line the streets of the restored downtown area, and the cultural scene is thriving with museums, theater and art to rival any world-class hub. Don't miss the Tech Museum of Innovation, an exploration of Silicon Valley and its impact on the area. History buffs will relish the old mansions and can delve into the city's past at the History Museum of San Jose. Save time for a round of golf or the locals' other favorite pastime... more Welcome to bustling San Jose, where Silicon Valley meets Spanish history and modern edifices sit alongside meticulously restored 19th-century buildings. Such is the contrast of this city rich in tradition and, thanks to the tech industry, just plain rich. Five star-hotels and fine restaurants line the streets of the restored downtown area, and the cultural scene is thriving with museums, theater and art to rival any world-class hub. Don't miss the Tech Museum of Innovation, an exploration of Silicon Valley and its impact on the area. History buffs will relish the old mansions and can delve into the city's past at the History Museum of San Jose. Save time for a round of golf or the locals' other favorite pastime, sipping coffee and people-watching at a crowded cafe. less

All things to do » Things to do

California Theatre
California Theatre
Attraction type: Theaters
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Children's Discovery Museum
Children's Discovery Museum
Interactive adventure for children in science, technology and cultural diversity.
Attraction type: Children's Museums; Science Museums
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Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.
Attraction type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Heritage Rose Garden
Heritage Rose Garden
Attraction type: Gardens
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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Owner description: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose has been a part of Bay Area families since it opened its’ gates in 1961. It’s a unique combination of family rides, amusements, a Puppet... more Owner description: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose has been a part of Bay Area families since it opened its’ gates in 1961. It’s a unique combination of family rides, amusements, a Puppet Theater, play areas and an accredited Zoo with over 140 animals, from endangered lemurs to miniature horses. Year round classes are offered for ages 12 months to adults as well as special events for all seasons. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo offers yearly Memberships for families and individuals. less
Attraction type: Zoos; Playgrounds; Amusement/ Theme Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nemea Greek Taverna
Nemea Greek Taverna
Ranked #1 of 1,887 restaurants in San Jose
Cuisines: Greek
Bistro Tupaz
Bistro Tupaz
Ranked #2 of 1,887 restaurants in San Jose
Price: $9 - $23
Cuisines: Eastern European
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery, Dessert
Falafel Drive-In
Falafel Drive-In
Ranked #3 of 1,887 restaurants in San Jose
Price:
Cuisines: African, Hamburgers, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Veggie Grill
Veggie Grill
Ranked #4 of 1,887 restaurants in San Jose
Cuisines: Vegetarian
Bill's Cafe
Bill's Cafe
Ranked #5 of 1,887 restaurants in San Jose
Price:
Cuisines: Eclectic
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Hilton Garden Inn San Jose/Milpitas
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn San Jose/Milpitas
$91 - $259
Ranked #3 of 19 hotels in Milpitas
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Larkspur Landing Milpitas
3.0 of 5
Larkspur Landing Milpitas
$91 - $250
Ranked #9 of 19 hotels in Milpitas
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Cypress Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5
Cypress Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
$133 - $355
Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Cupertino
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

La Quinta Inn & Suites San Jose Airport
3.0 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites San Jose Airport
$117 - $236
Ranked #1 of 72 hotels in San Jose
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Homewood Suites by Hilton San Jose-Silicon Valley
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Jose-Silicon Valley
$132 - $308
Ranked #2 of 72 hotels in San Jose
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Dolce Hayes Mansion
4.0 of 5
Dolce Hayes Mansion
$134 - $235
Ranked #3 of 72 hotels in San Jose
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Fairmont San Jose
4.0 of 5
The Fairmont San Jose
$125 - $385
Ranked #7 of 72 hotels in San Jose
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Hotel Valencia - Santana Row
4.0 of 5
Hotel Valencia - Santana Row
$225 - $379
Ranked #9 of 72 hotels in San Jose
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Hotel De Anza
4.0 of 5
Hotel De Anza
$170 - $306
Ranked #19 of 72 hotels in San Jose
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.