San Jose – Capital of Silicon Valley
A major seat in the county of Santa Clara County, San Jose is the third largest city in California and 10th largest city in United States, in terms of population. At an elevation of 25 meters above sea level, San Jose sprawls on an area of 466 km2 which makes it the largest city in North California and Bay Area. The city was founded on November 29, 1777, and was then known as San José de Guadalupe. It was inhabited by the Spanish colony of Alta California at that time. The city experienced a rapid growth after the Second World War and an extensive expansion happened during the 1950s and 1960s. Today the city is home to more than 1,015,785 residents and is fondly called as ‘Capital of Silicon Valley’. A global city, the cost of living in San Jose is pretty high and it is a hub for high-technology and electronics industries. While English is the official language of the people, Spanish is also spoken. San Jose is a vibrant and multi ethnic city where people from all over the world thrive.
San Jose is served by Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, which is the major international airport in the region and all flights for San Joe land at this airport. It is just 3 km from the city center. Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County is another airport serving the city. San Francisco International Airport as well as Oakland International Airport are among the major airports in U.S and are located just 56 km from San Jose. Subtropical Mediterranean climate dominates the city and San Jose has around 301 days of sunshine. The city receives an annual rainfall of 402 mm. the average temperature is 10 °C in winter months from November to February and around 21 °C in summer from May to September. The city receives maximum rainfall from November till April or May. Snowfall is a rare occurrence. While tourists can visit the city all year round, the dry months from May to September are the best months. South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk and Summer Series Festivals, Cinequest Film Festival, Zero One San Jose, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, San Jose Viva Fest, Events Amgen Tour of California, Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade, San Jose’s Obon Festival, Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland are some of the major festivals celebrated in San Jose.
When in San Jose, begin your city tour from the Winchester Mystery House. It is a Victorian mansion known for its architectural oddities. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is the place which serves as host to major events and shows in the city and is perfect for a family outing. If you love sports then do not miss a visit to the SAP Center which is a major venue for sporting events and top entertainment acts. Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose City Hall and San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles are the popular museums in San Jose.
If you are travelling with kids, then you should not miss visiting the Heritage Rose Garden, Alum Rock Park, San Jose Municipal Rose Garden and Willow Glen. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is an all hands-on discovery laboratory for kids of all ages and is worth a visit. Santana Row which is an upscale shopping area filled with numerous restaurant and cafe and Gilroy Gardens (a horticultural themed amusement park with more than 40 rides and well-manicured gardens) are some of the major sightseeing spots in San Jose. Japanese Friendship Garden, Raging Waters, Spartan Stadium and San Jose Friendship Garden are also worth visiting on your holidays in San Jose.
Eating and Shopping
A cosmopolitan hub, in San Jose tourists can enjoy varieties of cuisine options from all over the world. While there are restaurants that serve multi-cuisine, the city is filled with specialized laces serving America, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Italian and Middle Eastern fare as well. You name it and they have it. The city is also eloquent for its nightlife and there are end numbers of bars, pubs, clubs and lounges to keep you entertained. The popular fast food chains from all over the world also have their presence at San Jose.
The city of San Jose offers something for all travellers of any taste and budget. From luxury stores to open air flea markets and from swanky malls to street shopping, everything is available here. Valley Fair, Santana Row, Oakridge Mall, Berryessa Flea Market, Moon Zoom and Fry's Electronics are among the major shopping destinations in San Jose. A perfect holiday destination, San Jose is among the most popular shopping, entertainment destination and a foodie’s haven. So think no more. Plan your vacation in San Jose, now.
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