City of San Jose, California

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San Jose, California.

Often called “the Capital of Silicon Valley“, San Jose is the largest city in the *Bay Area, 3rd largest in California. True to its location in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is now home to the headquarters of many tech companies.

San Jose is one of the wealthiest major cities in the United States and the world, and has the third-highest GDP per capita in the world (after Zürich, Switzerland and Oslo, Norway).

Downtown San Jose is a mix of offices, shopping, hotels, numerous restaurants as well as a convention center and the SoFA (map) nightclub district. Check out the San Pedro Square Farmer’s Market (map) on Fridays for local and organic produce.

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Paseo de San Antonio (map). A four-block pedestrian-only space, running between SJSU and Plaza de Cesar Chavez, lined with shops, hotels, casual and fast-food restaurants, and the Camera 12 Cinemas, At the Market Street end, an oversized bronze table features memories and writings of Mexican immigrant, activist, and SJSU professor Ernesto Galarza.

Santana Row (map). A “European-style” village of shops, restaurants, and high-priced condos, with hotels and great nightlife. There’s a year-round farmer’s market on Sundays, and during the summer bands play free outdoor music every weekend.

Further Confusion. January. One of the world’s largest conventions for fans of furry (anthropomorphic animals or creatures) art, writing, comics, and costuming. If you like walking around in a dog costume, this 5-day event is for you.

SiliCon. October. A pop-culture and technology convention, formerly known as Silicon Valley Comic Con.

San Jose’s trail network of 60 mi (100 km) of recreational and active transportation trails throughout the city. The major trails in the network include:

The Tech Museum of Innovation (map). A great interactive experience for all ages and backgrounds. The Tech Museum allows visitors to see how technology affects their daily lives.

San Jose Museum of Art (map). Recognized for its contemporary collection of modern art, which highlights movements on the West Coast as well as national and international pieces.

Winchester Mystery House (map). Check their website for a current schedule. The legend is that Sarah Winchester, Winchester Rifle heiress, was afraid of being cursed by the ghosts of those who had been killed by Winchester guns. She thought that as long as construction continued, the ghosts would be kept at bay. Construction did continue (for 38 years!), resulting in a fantastic house full of mazes, stairs that go nowhere and other odd architecture.

Valley Fair (map). One of the largest shopping malls in Northern California, Valley Fair has over 250 stores and several restaurants. Valley fair has gone under tremendous renovations within the last few years making it bigger and more modern.

Public transport

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Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA)

Directions & Transit (

The Transit app is an app for trip planning endorsed by VTA. The website is also a great resource, whether by car or public transit (or a combination of both). Its Trip Planner spans all Bay Area transit systems.

ROADTRIPPERS –  #1 road trip planning platform.

 BUS > is the leading go-to website for booking inter-city bus ticket online. Intercity bus travel is widespread, but not available everywhere. Greyhound Bus LinesBolt BusMegabusChinatown buses. (*Long-distance bus travel in the United States)

 RAIL >   AMTRAK | eTicketing | Interactive Map. Some of the most scenic routes include the California Zephyr that runs between *Emeryville (map) in the San Francisco Bay Area of California to Chicago and the Empire Builder that goes from Chicago to Seattle or Portland. (*Rail travel in the United States)

 AIRPORTS >   The international airports in Atlanta (Hartsfield) • New York City (Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy International Airport) • Los Angeles • Chicago (O’Hare IA) • San Francisco • Seattle (Seattle-Tacoma) • Miami • Houston (George Bush) are the main points of entry to the United States by plane. Flight Delay Information — Air Traffic Control System Command Center.

 WATERWAYS >   Washington State Ferries | Route Maps: Where we sail (PDF). Bluewater Ferry Inc. (США — Канада). America has the largest system of inland waterways of any country in the world. It is entirely possible to navigate around within the United States by boat. The New York State Canal SystemThe St. Lawrence Seaway • *The Mississippi River.

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