San Jose, CA 95196Located in Northern California, San Jose is the third largest city in the state and the 11th largest city in the United States. San Jose has the nation's best public safety record of any metropolitan area, is rich in ethnic diversity, and has a beautiful climate. With temperatures varying from an average of 50 degrees in January to an average of 70 degrees in July, San Jose boasts an average of more than 300 sunny days per year and has a mean annual rainfall of 14.4 inches.
San Jose has been ranked as the fifth best place to live in America by Money magazine. San Jose is also the safest large city (500,000+) in the U.S. Sunset magazine described our downtown as an "eminently walkable area with level streets, balmy weather and well-marked attractions." Visitors enjoy San Jose's world-class cultural arts, exciting nightlife, theme parks, wineries (50 of Northern California's best!), spectacular shopping, superb dining, and great hotels.
"California casual" is appropriate for daytime and most evening outings. A sweater or light jacket is suggested for evenings, with coats advisable for November through March.
The San Jose Historical Museum houses original and reconstructed replicas of landmark buildings bring to life the look and feel of San Jose in the 1800's through the 1920's. The village, complete with neighborhoods, paved streets, and working trolleys, transports visitors to another time and place. Among the 28 restored and replicated structures is the Pacific Hotel, which features a gift shop, ice cream and candy store. Visitors are welcome to stroll through some of the buildings at their own pace on the weekends when the buildings are open and staffed with trained interpreters.
Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House, on of the world's most famous mansions, is the true legacy of Sarah Winchester who it is believed thought she would never die as long as construction continued on her elegant Victorian home.
The famed mansion is a California State Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a San Jose City Landmark.
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium
Another world awaits you . . . a mysterious world over 6,000 years old! The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in the western United States -- including objects from predynastic times through Egypt's early Christian era. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is located in the gardens of beautiful Rosicrucian Park, amidst buildings inspired by ancient Egyptian temples. Papyrus-lined paths lead visitors past walls carved with hieroglyphs, clustered lotus columns, elaborate fountains, and colossal statues of Egyptian gods. Come discover Ancient Egypt. Another world awaits you ... right in the heart of San Jose!
Tech Museum of Innovation
Only in Silicon Valley can you find The Tech Museum of Innovation. A place celebrating human ingenuity and the spirit of the possible. The Tech is a place about real technology... changing the way people work and play, create, harness and share information, how we innovate, how we do things differently. It's a place that is fun and engaging for all ages putting you in tour with technology as you have never experienced it: hands on, minds-on, in your face up close and fascinating. Solve a crime using DNA and new forensic tools, "Float" like an astronaut in our jet pack simulator, Immerse yourself in our Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, with a giant eight-story wraparound screen and 14,000 watts of digital sound.
Paramount's Great America
Northern California's largest family entertainment destination, offers 100 acres of thrills and family fun. Experience the white knuckle thrills of 10 incredible rollercoasters including the world's only true flying coaster "Stealth" and the longest inverted coaster in the region "Top Gun". With special events, exciting one of a kind concerts and an IMAX theater, Paramount's Great America offers an unmatched variety of thrill and adventures.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
The Saint Joseph story began in 1777 when Mission Santa Clara was founded and the adjacent Pueblo de SanJose de Guadalupe and became the first civil settlement in Alta California. A small adobe church was established in the village and dedicated to Saint Joseph in 1803, making it the first parish in California.