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Away to San Jose

Silicon Valley girls and boys come to play in San Jose. To the west of downtown lie the ultra-modern headquarters of Facebook and Google. This understated Californian city might mean business, but it’s also got its fair share of sunny sights.

Just south of San Francisco and near Paolo Alto and Stanford University, San Jose is an excellent gateway to California. If you’re planning the perfect road trip, it’s a coastal cruise down towards Santa Cruz and Monterey. If you’re staying in the city, hit the Apple store at 1 Infinite Loop, check out the nightlife at the open-air market and check in at its world-class museums. Then head west to wine country, the cathedral-quiet grandeur of the Big Basin Redwoods State Park and the beach. If Norman Foster’s Google headquarters design leave you cold, you’ll have fun touring the mad architectural marvel of the Winchester Mystery House. With its staircases to nowhere and hidden doors, it’s a curious throwback in a high-tech city. Book flights to San Jose and discover California.

In and around San Jose

Outdoor adventures
Outdoor adventures.

Outdoor adventures

California is well known for its fantastic weather and Californians enjoy the great outdoors. San Jose is no exception, with an average of 300 days of sunny weather a year and lots of green spaces. Hire a bike and take to one of the many trails across the city or play golf on a championship-level course. Take a trip to the Monterey Bay for kayaking and sailing, or try surfing in Santa Cruz. The birthplace of surfing on the US mainland is home to some of the best surf breaks in the world.

Fly-drive holidays
Fly-drive holidays.

Fly-drive holidays

San Jose is perfectly placed to act as a gateway to the beautiful Californian coastal landscape. Go on a road trip to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California’s oldest state park or head to the summit Mount Diablo for remarkable views. At the surf-friendly Santa Cruz, you’ll find a great example of a classic seaside amusement park at the Beach Boardwalk. If you venture further south to Monterey Bay along the stunning coastline road, end your visit at Monterey’s world-famous aquarium.

San Jose’s museums
San Jose’s museums.

San Jose’s museums

San Jose has some of California’s leading museums, brimming with ancient artefacts and ultra-modern technology. Go for a day to the Children’s Discovery Museum, where kids can pull, poke and prod exhibitions to learn how things work. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum has 4000-plus exhibits, making it an authority on Ancient Egyptian culture. Don’t miss The Tech Museum of Innovation, where you can build you own robot, experience an earthquake and live in virtual reality.

Bars and nightlife in San Jose
Bars and nightlife in San Jose.

Bars and nightlife in San Jose

San Jose may be a business-heavy destination, but when the city clocks off for the evening there are plenty of places to go. Make sure you head Downtown to San Pedro Square Market, a fun and lively food hall open late at night. After that, head to Blank Club to check out some live music. This dive bar is considered the best for alternative music. If you’ve got a Silicon Valley paycheck, consider splashing the cash in the old-school Art Deco rooms of the Hedley Club or at the bars on Santana Row.

Exploring wine country
Wine.

Exploring wine country

Just north of San Jose and San Francisco is wine country – Napa Valley and Sonoma are amongst the most famous wine regions in the state. But there are vineyards all over northern California. Head towards the Santa Cruz wine region, high in the mountains, where a surprisingly rugged wine is made. There are around 70 wineries in the area to choose from. Buy a bottle at Beauregard Vineyards, where you can bring your own picnic and sit, lost in the mountain woodland, with Silicon Valley to the east.

San Jose.

California fly-drives

Our flexible car hire, in partnership with Avis, gives you the freedom to create your own itinerary around California. San Jose offers a glimpse into Silicon Valley’s wealth. It is also an ideal gateway for exploring California and the sights of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, and Big Basin Redwood State Park.

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