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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
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
3.5 out of 5
282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is NZ$159 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! (987 reviews)

"Location downtown is perfect. Several minor things such as carpet that appear due for replacement."…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
Arena Hotel
Arena Hotel
3 out of 5
817 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
The price is NZ$129 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! (2,519 reviews)

"It was a good area the receptionist was very nice hotel room was clean overall and comfortable felt like I was at home"…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Arena Hotel
Aloft Santa Clara
Aloft Santa Clara
3 out of 5
510 America Center Ct, San Jose, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is NZ$149 per night

Located in Alviso, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi's Stadium and California's Great America. Santa Clara University and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)

"A very nice hotel and also affordable. I would love to Come back here next time I’m in the area."…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Aloft Santa Clara

Popular places to visit in San Jose

Winchester Mystery House
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Winchester Mystery House

5/5(2 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

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

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

Hit the great outdoors at San Jose's oldest park and enjoy scenic views over the Bay Area.

San Jose Museum of Art
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San Jose Museum of Art

Art fans shouldn't miss this lively centre of arts activity located in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Head to this fascinating museum to teach your children all about ancient Egypt.

Top activities in San Jose

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

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$337
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
NZ$224
Per adult
Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)
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Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)

NZ$66
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in San Jose, California
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Vacation Photographer in San Jose, California

NZ$416
Per adult
San Francisco Airport Same Day Luggage Services
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San Francisco Airport Same Day Luggage Services

NZ$56
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

NZ$108
Per adult

Reviews of San Jose

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Dec. 2019

Was there for MedTech conference, not sightseeing.

3/5 - Okay

Simon

31 Oct. 2019

We were just over-nighting.

5/5 - Excellent

John

15 Oct. 2019

Located close to SFO international airport, downtown San Francisco and Bay areas.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Jun. 2019

Only came to San Jose for an ELO concert at SAP arena, also due to it’s close proximity to San Francisco airport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 May 2019

Henrys Hi Life . Busy place unique american bar experience. Best steaks worth lining up for.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Apr. 2019

You will need to hire a car to get around as public transport seems useless.

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