San Jose: The City Center of Silicon Valley

San Jose: The City Center of Silicon Valley

San Jose, California is just 45 minutes from the Bay Area and features a community with a cosmopolitan flair. Read on for more about this Golden State gem:

Stroll around diverse neighborhoods: San Jose has got it all. From  Japantown to downtown, it’s definitely worth checking out the different neighborhoods. Stop by Los Gatos for rows of antiques, local crafts and nearby wineries, or check out quirky Willow Glen for some independently-owned bookstores.

Explore good eats: California’s Asian and Hispanic influences come through in its fare. From fresh guac at Mezcal to superb sushi at Cha Cha, the flavors of California’s communities burst with freshness. The unassuming Naglee Park Garage (it’s literally in a renovated garage) is also known for creamy mac n’ cheese and burgers cooked to perfection.

Check out cultural attractions: San Jose is the home to many of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest. It’s no wonder the Tech Museum of Innovation is located downtown, a popular spot for little ones. Speaking of the kiddos, the Children’s Discovery Museum features lots of interactive exhibits, making it a must-do for families. Don’t forget to check out the domed IMAX — there’s always a fascinating Nat Geo film on tap. Looking for something totally off the beaten path? The Winchester Mystery House is definitely for you.

Stop n’ sip: Nestled in wine country, San Jose enjoys some prime wineries ready to whet your palate. Testarossa’s tasting room features bold reds and artisan cheeses, while Rabbit’s Foot Meadery in nearby Sunnyvale pours out honey-infused ciders, meads and beers. For dinner, pair a California chardonnay with Zagat-rated fare at Cin-Cin.

Headed to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara? San Jose is right next door on the Capitol Corridor! Before heading to the Big Game with us, be sure to stop by and check out this local town with big city fun.