As the de facto capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose has more of a "work by day" downtown compared to the vibrant urban culture of its sister cities along the San Francisco Bay. Nevertheless, with a population far exceeding that of San Francisco, San Jose is developing a strong reputation for the arts, nightlife and sports in its own right. And ... Read more
unlike most of the Bay Area, San Jose supports a warm and sunny climate, giving it the sense that it's a misplaced piece of Southern California. Pay a visit to the architecturally magnificent Winchester Mystery House, take a stroll down posh Santana Row, or browse the goods at San Pedro Square Market. With some of the best public transportation in the United States and a plethora of international dining choices, San Jose lives up to the demands of being the major business hub for the world's leading dot.coms and tech companies.
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San Jose things to do and experiences

  • Santana Row
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  • Winchester Mystery House
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  • San Pedro Square Market
    8.752 reviews
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  • SAP Center
    8.450 reviews
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Silicon Valley, is, for the most part, spared from the chilling effects of the thick fog that plagues its neighbor San Francisco. Temperatures are pleasant all year, although there can be a number of peaks and ... Read more
dips outside that range, so bring layers no matter when you decide to visit. Rains are fairly common during the winter, but almost unheard of from May through October, so if you are planning on taking advantage of the area’s many outdoor activities (rather than haunting the halls of tech offices), this is the best time to visit.

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I had good time on this city, is very clean and peaceful, i recommend downtown there are a lot of good bars

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West Covina

Great city to live in, lots of vietnamese restaurants and lots of thigns to do

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San Diego, California

Came to San Jose for a convention and was not expecting too much, but what a nice surprise! First of all, the weather was so much more pleasant than San Francisco. Warm, but with a nice cooling breeze in the middle of summer. I walked all around the beautiful San Jose State campus and tried out many of the nearby restaurants. There are lots of hotel choices near the Convention Center and the venue was very nice. I actually wished I had a few more days to spend in San Jose.

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Waipahu, Hawaii

2015 National Kidney Foundation Walk in the Heart of the Silicon Valley! 3 mile walk with family and co workers.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Blerg is about all I have to say about San Jose. The city has potential, and so much structural beauty, but it feels very run down. Sadly, the hottest spot in the city some nights is the outdoor mall, which feels like what would happen if Disney built a mall.

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Los Angeles, California

Came over from San Francisco via cal train. I've been used to San Francisco weather for so long that it hadn't occurred to me how hot San Jose would be in comparison.

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San Francisco, California, USA

There’s one reason why San Jose is a good place to visit any time of the year: the weather. San Jose is significantly sunnier year round than its often gray and blustery cousin, San Francisco. This makes staying in San Jose an option during every season. If you’re looking for more activities, you may want to travel to the San Jose area in the summertime. Santana Row often has fun events going on during the warmer months like live free music and wine walks. The holiday season is another spectacular time to visit Santana Row, since the stores (such as Anthropologie, Kate Spade and Ted Baker) all deck out their windows with festive displays, and the moderate weather makes for a lovely outdoor shopping experience.

While some of the locations in downtown San Jose, from the HP Pavilion to a few of the museums and galleries, are within walking distance of each other, your best bet for seeing San Jose in one day is to rent a car while you’re in the area. This ensures you’ll get a good overall feel for all the great experiences the city has to offer, from riding roller coasters at Great America to strolling around beautiful downtown Los Gatos and sampling wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains — plus you can do it all on your own schedule.

Begin your day by fueling up at Psycho Donuts or Stacks, then head to the Santa Cruz Mountains for an afternoon of wine tasting. Once you’ve found a favorite and picked up a bottle or two to take home with you, head to Santana Row to squeeze in a little shopping. Afterwards rejuvenate with a massage at Burke Williams Spa, refuel with a delicious dinner at Blowfish Sushi or the Yard House and if you still have enough energy afterwards, cap off your day with cocktails at Parisian-themed brasserie The Left Bank.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA

San Jose is based in Silicon Valley and is a bit laid back and relaxed while also remaining a tech powerhouse for start-ups and corporations. It's a great place to work and live while also being a good starting point to check out other places throughout the Bay Area.

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

Great up-and-coming city for young people. The shopping here is the best I've ever experienced anywhere in the world. Foodie heaven as well. The variety of cultural and international cuisines is very admirable.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Don't let San Jose's quaint, homey environment fool you- there is plenty to explore! Stop by the farmer's market for some trinket shopping on Saturday mornings, and San Pedro square for Sunday brunch (be sure to finish off with some maple bacon chocolate).

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