Also known as “The Capital of Silicon Valley”, San Joseis the 3rd largest city in California and the 10th largest city in the USA. The city is located in the center of the Santa Clara Valley, on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay. San Jose is a global city, known across the world as an epicenter of innovation and a high cost of living. The city’s mild and pleasant climates along with an excellent public safety record make it a highly coveted attraction.
San Jose was inhabited by the Tamien nation of the Ohlone peoples of California before the arrival of the Spanish. Jose Joaquín Moraga discovered El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe in 1777 at the crossway of the current locations of West Taylor Street and Guadalupe Parkway.In 1797, the town shifted to Plaza Pueblo and that was when San Jose emerged around this town. Located in the midst of Silicon Valley, San Jose houses the headquarters of the crème de la crème of tech companies such as Adobe, Cisco, Google, Yahoo, HP to name a few.
Downtown San Jose, West San Jose, North San Jose, and South San Jose are the major divisions of the city. It also embraces a host of other popular communities like Japantown, Rose Garden, Willow Glen, Alviso, East Foothills, Alum Rock, Little Portugal, Blossom Valley, many more. Each one of these communities overflows with its own unique characteristics.
San Jose offers a high quality of life coupled with the best educational, literary, art, and entertainment opportunities in the world. The citybeams with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. San Jose Repertory Theater is famous for staging 6 contemporary and classic plays per season. Opera enthusiasts can rejoice with Opera San Jose, which brings together the best talents in the country. You can treat your ears to melodious Latino music at Teatro Vision. The Tech Museum and San Jose Museum of art are a must-see for everyone. Renowned for its live music scene, San Jose is always boomingwith music festivals and local nightly live shows. All this combined with a vast array of nightclubs makes for a very pulsating nightlife. Caravan, Cinebar and 7 Bamboo are some of the best dive bars in the city. If you’re in the mood for the grooves, you can head over to one of the city’s WET nightclub, or step into one of the countless dance clubs in the city.
There is always something to do at San Jose at any given time of the day. If you are a fan of amusement parks, San Jose lays some of the country’s best parks down for you. One of the city’s most popular amusement park is the Great America amusement park. It is a fun-filledfamily-package that offers a bunch of exciting rides and roller coasters, the Boomberg water park, and a series of thrilling live shows. Raging Waters is a complete water park perfect to chill out in summers. You can set out for golfing while your kids enjoy the water slides and arcade in this park. The city’s trail network of both recreational and active transport sprawls over 60 miles and the major trails include the Coyote Creek, Guadalupe River, and Los Alamitos trail.
The Westgate Mall and Valley Fair offer a bunch of exciting shopping experience. If you happen to be all about the brands, you can head over to Estridge, which is home to Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s, Bath & Beyond, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and many morehigh-end stores. The Winchester Mystery House,known as a ‘haunted house’, is replete with mazes, unending staircases, and other mystifying things. The city is home to the sprawling campus of Stanford University. Being the second-largest university in the world, it includes some remarkable landmarks such as Memorial Church, Main Quad, Angel of Grief, Arizona Cactus Garden and many more that can be explored.