Best known for its sunshine and
its ties to technology, San Jose has much to offer even the most discriminating
traveler. Whether for business or pleasure, this beautiful California city has
something for everyone. With over 300 days of sunshine, near perfect weather, a
multitude of sites to see and, not to mention, the opportunity to play Monopoly
on a 930 square foot board, as well as its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, it
makes this a must see destination for anyone traveling to northern California.
It is hard to remember when
looking at San Jose today that it is the oldest civil settlement in California,
founded back in 1777. It was also the first capital of California, even before
California became an official state and at one time was a thriving agricultural
area. Few remnants of that period remain. Instead, there are a host of new
things to see and do.
No matter what time of year for
a visit, beautiful California weather awaits. Summer tends to be the busiest
season as tourists from around the world come to visit the area, enjoying its
wonderful scenery, weather, entertainment and attractions. Summer daytime
temperatures reach into the mid 80â€™s F. but with very little humidity itâ€™s quite
comfortable. Itâ€™s the perfect time for taking advantage of the many outdoor
activities available. Spring and fall are pleasant, although cooler. Spring
brings the average temperature to about 60 F and fall is slightly higher.
Although there is a winter season, the daytime temperatures rarely fall below 60
F, making it an ideal time to take advantage of the beautiful scenery.
One thing to keep in mind when
visiting this California city is that â€śCalifornia Casualâ€ť is the dress code for
daytime and most evening outings. From November until spring, a light sweater
is advisable during the day and a light jacket for the evenings.
The History Museum gives
visitors a feel for what it was like when Californiaâ€™s first settlement was
established back in the late 1700â€™s. Guests can enjoy the 14 acre facility with
a park-like setting including 27 original and reconstructed homes, businesses,
and landmarks highlighting the culture and history of San Jose and Santa Clara
Valley. The museum is unique with paved streets, running trolleys and an
old-fashioned ice cream and even a candy parlor.
Known for its ties to
technology, San Jose also offers tours of the Tech Museum of Innovation where
Technology from Silicon Valley and beyond comes alive. This unique museum
features interactive exhibits for all ages. The Tech is a place thatâ€™s about
real technology . . . changing the way people work and play, creating,
harnessing, and sharing information about how we innovate, how we do things
differently. It features over 250 interactive exhibits as well as an Imax Dome
For a little outdoor activity,
a must visit attraction is Kelly Park. The park is home to Happy Hollow Park &
Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden and the San Jose Historical Museum. Visitors
may enjoy a train ride, picnicking, a beautiful lawn and shade tree areas or a
walk through the tranquil Japanese Friendship Garden. For those looking for more
activity, visit the zoo, amusement park and play area of Happy Hollow. For a
unique adventure, try a game of Monopoly on a 930 square foot board at Guadalupe
River Park. Be sure to bring a camera for this once-in-a-lifetime picture.
For a day trip, be sure to
visit Paramountâ€™s Great America and Six Flags Marine World. Both are just
minutes away from San Jose and offer fun and adventure for the entire family.
Great America is a universe of Nickelodeon fun, friends, and adventures that
burst into life daily. The stars on Nickelodeon, one of the networks preferred
by kids, come to life at one of Northern Californiaâ€™s favorite theme parks for
family fun and thrills. Marine World is the country's only combination wildlife
park, oceanarium and theme park featuring over 30 thrilling rides, 35 exotic
animal attractions and 10 great shows. Of course, historic and beautiful San
Francisco is also only an hour away.
San Jose showcases a mix of
world class cultural and performing arts, name brand stores and quaint
boutiques, superb dining, exciting night life, great sporting events and outdoor
activities, year-round cultural events and festivities, many historic sites,
thrilling theme parks, varied points of interest, and beautiful climate
year-round. Itâ€™s no wonder it has been an
ongoing recipient of numerous honors and awards, and has become a stomping
ground for millions of visitors each year. Wouldnâ€™t you like to be one of them?