San Jose, California
, located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay, is the third largest city in California, and the tenth largest in the United States. It is also the county seat for Santa Clara County. The city, which sits on the greater San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area, with a population of 7.5 million, is a major location of high technology industries in the United States. It is often called the Capital of Silicon Valley
Mission Santa Clara de Asis at the Santa Clara University, San Josehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mission_Santa_Clara.jpg
San Jose was founded on 29 November, 1777, and was originally known as El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. Once a farming town, it experienced rapid growth in the 1950's. Its position as the center of Silicon Valley triggered the highest increase in real estate prices in the country. Between 1976 and 2001, property prices in San Jose rose by 936%.
Despite its importance to the U.S. economy, San Jose sits of the volatile San Andreas Fault, an area seriously prone to earthquakes. Numerous major quakes have rocked the area in the past one hundred years, the last major one happening in 1989.
As with much of the Bay Area, San Jose experiences a Mediterranean Climate. The position of mountains on three sides of the city shelters it from rain, creating a semiarid feel to the city. It gets only a third of the precipitation of the coastal parts of the Bay Areas. Warmest months are July and August, with average high temperature of 84°F (28.9°C). Coolest months are December and January, with average low reaching 41.7°F (5.4°C).
Tower Hall, San Jose State Universityhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:San_Jose_SU_Tower_Hall.jpg
Travel to San Jose
The Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is the main airport in the Bay Area serving San Jose. It receives direct flights from major cities in the United States. Arriving at the airport, you have the option for leaving it by door-to-door shuttles, hotel shuttles, scheduled public buses, rental cars and taxis. If you plan to do a lot of exploring, I would suggest that you rent a car.
The other two airports are the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK).
The train lines that pass through San Jose are Caltrain, Capital Corridor, Coast Starlight and Altamont Commuter Express.
Take US Highway 101 or Interstate 280 from San Francisco.
Winchester Mystery Househttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Winchester_House_Front.jpg
Travel within San Jose
Having a car at your own disposal is the most convenient way to explore San Jose. The public transportation in San Jose is mananged by VTA (Valley Transportation Authority). It comprises public buses and some Light Rail (within the Mountain View-Winchester route and Alum Rock-Santa Teresa route). You can buy the all-day pass for $5.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museumhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rc_egyptian_museum.jpg
Places of Interest in San Jose
- Mission Santa Clara de Asis
Modern replica of the Catholic mission first built in 1777.
- Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium
Museum exhibiting Ancient Egyptian artifacts.
- San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
Garden with 4,000 rose shrubs representing 189 varieties.
- San Jose Museum of Art
Museum with a renowned collection of modern art.
- San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
An outstanding museum - the first in the US - specialises on quilts and textiles.
- Santana Row
Specialty European-themed village of stores and restaurants.
- Silicon Valley
Home to many high-tech industries.
- The Tech Museum
Museum showcasing technology with lots of interactive exhibits.
- Willow Glen
Shopping district once a separate town from San Jose
- Winchester Mystery House
House of the eccentric heiress of the Winchester Rifle company who kept building her house for 38 years, to keep ghosts at bay.
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