Unless there's a festival or conference, downtown San Jose doesn't really bustle. If you want nightlife, head over to Santana Row.
Recent visitors highly recommend making a stop at the Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph. Situated in downtown San Jose, the cathedral impresses with its intricate architecture and stunning interior.
The San Jose State University campus is located just a few blocks from downtown.
Plaza de César Chávez is a park in downtown San Jose, located within walking distance of some of the city's top attractions.
This Roman Catholic Church is California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, which features more than 4,000 rose shrubs, is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. It's best seen in eary May, when the roses are in peak bloom.
It's no Disneyland, but this theme park in the Santa Clara neighborhood will surely satisfy your family's craving for thrilling rides, water park fun and live entertainment.
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If you're traveling with kids, consider swinging by the fountains at Caesar Chavez Park in downtown San Jose. During the summer, it's a popular spot for little ones to cool off.
The Tech Museum of Innovation offers plenty of hands-on learning opportunities that serve to educate young minds about scientific concepts, such as space exploration, biotechnology, clean energy, genetics and the science of sound.
If you've rented a car in San Jose and are craving a California beach day, head to Santa Cruz, which is less than 35 miles southwest of San Jose.
Though visitors comment on this art museum's small size, they say it's a nice way to spend an hour or two, especially if you enjoy contemporary works.
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum hosts the largest collection of ancient Egyptian finds on the West Coast, boasting more than 4,000 artifacts
Across the street from hip Santana Row, the Winchester Mystery House is both a piece of San Jose history and, according to some, a tourist trap.
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Santana Row is a great place to stretch your legs... and your budget. It's also home to a variety of restaurants.
Like the nearby Tech Museum, the Children's Discovery Museum offers hands-on experiences for kids as well as some interesting displays for adults.
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose