Welcome to San Jose

Founded in 1777, San Jose is the oldest civil settlement in California and the first State capital. Gateway to the Bays, San Jose is only 45 minutes south of San Francisco, 70 minutes northeast of Monterey and Santa Cruz and has 300 sunny days per year. San Jose is proud of the cultural and ethnic diversity of its population, and the rich cultural identity of its many neighborhoods

Technology is the city's largest employer, employing more than 300,000 people in over 6,000 technology companies. Though this contrasts sharply with the valley's humble beginnings, it has also contributed to the rich diversity and culture of innovation that is now home to almost 1 million people.

Some of the city's top choices for visitors include:

The Winchester Mystery House
525 South Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128
+1 408 247 2101
The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House. Unlike most homes of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail.

Lake Cunningham Park
2305 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95148
+1 408 277 4319
Lake Cunningham serves the recreational needs of over 500,000 people annually. Walking and jogging, summer picnicking, boating, fishing, outdoor play and sports continue to be favorite activities.

Japanese Friendship Garden
1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 408 277 5254
The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to create a Japanese-style garden dedicated to the well-being of all people which provides educational programs that encourage understanding of the Japanese heritage among people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

Children's Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110
+1 702 791 7111
Visit Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose where you can expect to test, crank, listen, prod and tinker. One of the largest museums of its kind in the nation, CDM's 150 interactive exhibits lead visitors to explore, understand and enjoy the world in which they live.

Santana Row
400 So. Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128
+1 408 551 4600
Call it energy, call it charisma, call it style & substance--Santana Row has a certain something that is impervious to time. And with over 70 shops, 20 restaurants, 6 spas and 1 hotel you can have it all. Come experience the hippest, fashion forward neighborhood in the South Bay--where the difference is night and day.