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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

Municipal Rose Garden
Municipal Rose Garden
Attraction type: Gardens
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Owner description: Architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, it houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America, including objects from pre... more Owner description: Architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, it houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America, including objects from pre dynastic times through Egypt's early Islamic era. less
Attraction type: History Museums; Specialty Museums
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Winchester Mystery House
Winchester Mystery House
Visitors can tour the house and gardens once owned by wealthy widow Sarah Winchester, who kept construction going on the 160-room Victorian mansion for 38 years.
Attraction type: Mysterious Sites; Historic Sites
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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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The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Owner description: The Tech Museum of Innovation is a Silicon Valley landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most innovative place on Earth. The 132,000 square foot museum is one of the... more Owner description: The Tech Museum of Innovation is a Silicon Valley landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most innovative place on Earth. The 132,000 square foot museum is one of the nation's premier science and technology museums. The Tech is dedicated to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through fun, hands-on experiences and one of-a-kind floor programs, many supported by Stanford and NASA, the museum unleashes the creative sparks hidden within. Enjoy the largest IMAX dome screen in the West with its eight story-high screen and digital surround-sound system. New! Build, program, and decorate a "social robot" or explore The Tech Studio, a unique space that boasts the latest in cutting-edge digital fabrication with 3D printers, CNC machines, and laser cutters. With so many experiences at your fingertips, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Don't miss the last chance to see Star Wars (R): Where Science Meets Imagination, the exhibition. Open now through February 23, 2014. This is the first and last chance to see this 10,000 sq foot exhibition that includes 80 authentic costumes from all 6 films, plus interactive hands-on labs. Museum opens at 10:00 a.m.; closing times vary. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Falafel Drive-In
Falafel Drive-In
Ranked #1 of 2,080 Restaurants in San Jose
Price:
Cuisines: American, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern, Halal
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Bill's Cafe
Bill's Cafe
Ranked #2 of 2,080 Restaurants in San Jose
Price:
Cuisines: American, Cafe, International
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Pig BBQ Company
Smoking Pig BBQ Company
Ranked #3 of 2,080 Restaurants in San Jose
Price: $12 - $35
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Original Joe's Restaurant
Original Joe's Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 2,080 Restaurants in San Jose
Price:
Cuisines: Italian, American
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
La Foret Restaurant
La Foret Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 2,080 Restaurants in San Jose
Price: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French, American, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
3.0 of 5
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
$127 - $433
Ranked #19 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
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Quality Inn Silicon Valley
2.0 of 5
Quality Inn Silicon Valley
$124 - $301
Ranked #30 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
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Hilton Garden Inn San Jose/Milpitas
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn San Jose/Milpitas
$117 - $342
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Milpitas
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Jose Airport-Silicon Valley
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Jose Airport-Silicon Valley
$247 - $488
Ranked #1 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
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HYATT House San Jose/Silicon Valley
3.0 of 5
HYATT House San Jose/Silicon Valley
$152 - $422
Ranked #2 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
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Dolce Hayes Mansion
4.0 of 5
Dolce Hayes Mansion
$168 - $338
Ranked #3 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hotel Valencia - Santana Row
4.0 of 5
Hotel Valencia - Santana Row
$265 - $488
Ranked #5 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
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San Jose Marriott
4.0 of 5
San Jose Marriott
$190 - $588
Ranked #8 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
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The Fairmont San Jose
4.5 of 5
The Fairmont San Jose
$156 - $602
Ranked #11 of 74 Hotels in San Jose
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