san jose california

Are you here for pleasure or business – San Jose has everything you need to make your stay a pleasant one. San Jose is the third-largest city in California and the tenth-largest city in terms of population in the United States. The city is prominent for its booming innovative industry and has gained the epithet ‘Capital of Silicon Valley’. The city has a brilliant history that incorporates the Spanish just as the Mexicans.

San Jose is a differing accumulation of unusual places, outdoor adventure, innovations, incredible eateries (the Mexican cafés in San Jose are particularly extraordinary), and friendly institutions. The South of First (SoFa) districts and Downtown San Jose are some of the best neighborhoods for diners, breweries, and bars, as well as the focal point of San Jose’s crafts scene – you should try them out if you found yourself here.

Spend an hour or two downtown with your family at the Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose Museum of Art. On the off chance that you (and your children) are tingling for a hands-on approach to find out about Silicon Valley’s industry, visit the Tech Museum of Innovation. For an entire day of family fun, check out California’s Great America amusement park at Santa Clara. To let out some pent up frustration or eat a decent feast, check out Santana Row.

Let’s take this ride together on other amazing places to visit with your family while at San Jose.

Visit the Tech Museum

The Museum is an incredible spot for the entire family. The gallery was set up at first in a garage, and it demonstrated to be prominent to such an extent that following the eight years in the carport, it moved into the 132,000 square foot building that you see today. The purpose of the gallery is to demonstrate a glimpse at Silicon Valley – this is something other than an enormous structure to stroll around and appreciate, this spot goes such a great length than that as it connects with the young people of today to improve the universe of things to come.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

The museum has the biggest gathering of antiquated Egyptian artifacts on the West Coast, flaunting over 4,000 artifacts. The historical center’s numerous stone coffins and mummies thrill all guests as well as the tomb replicas – many also value the fantastic portrayals on the presentations – this unusual fascination (local people said they didn’t have any idea it existed) offers an extraordinary and educative (also affordable) option in contrast to a portion of the region’s other top to-dos. Not to mention the planetarium on-site that displays three distinctive space films.

Explore the Winchester Mystery House

On the off chance that you are searching for something somewhat extraordinary, this may very well be the thing for you. At first, the house belonged to Sarah Winchester, William Winchester’s widow – William was a renowned gun magnate. Sarah acquired a colossal measure of riches when he passed away, and development on this unusual house began before long. History has that it took 38 years to construct the house, and work was perpetually continuous until the day that Sarah Winchester herself passed on.

Castle Rock State Park

Charge your cell phone and plan to snap pictures in abundance at Castle Rock State Park. Home to 55 kilometers (34 miles) of hiking trails, transcending sandstone structures, and enough greenery to last forever, the state park is genuinely stunning.

SAP Center

No itinerary to the big city is complete without a visit to the SAP Center. Affectionately alluded to as the “Shark Tank” by its residence, this field is the place the San Jose Sharks host home games as well as practice. The team has been around since the early 90s and has never won Stanley Cup, but the fans are diehards regardless – there’s hope that their luck will turn around someday.

Santana Row

Santana Row is something beyond an outdoor shopping center—it’s a way of life. The extravagant shopping outlet is home to luxurious brands and dearest local organizations. You could go through hours walking around the shopping area with a frosted expression on hand or visit one of the numerous comfortable outdoor seating while speaking with family and friends as well as sight-seeing.

San Jose Flea Market

If you find yourself in the big city on Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays, the San Jose Flea Market is the spot to be on the off chance that you have faith in transforming junk into treasure. Walkthrough brilliant paths overwhelmed by shopping stalls, and after that, stop for some food at one of the nourishment merchants. In case you’re going with kids, visit the arcade or scaled-down Ferris wheel that calls the market home.


Known for being one of the most genuine Japantowns in the nation, this social Jerusalem in San Jose attracts vast amounts of guests. Offering tasty Japanese cafés, masterpiece making shops, and a bunch of craftsmanship exhibitions and theaters, going through a day in Japantown means having some good times.

Children’s Discovery Museum

This is for the kids – The museum is, as you may have speculated, intended for kids. The beautiful and engaging foundation has some expertise in hands-on shows that get children amped up for learning. In case you’re going with little youngsters, don’t pass up the numerous craft, science, and nursery establishments accessible.

Montalvo Arts Center

Montalvo Center, otherwise called Villa Montalvo, is an adored NorCal landmark. Designed in 1912, a previous city hall leader of San Francisco once possessed the property – however, today, it offers visitors and residents an excellent spot to hike and picnic.

The Kelley Park and Japanese Friendship Garden

Kelley Park is a much-adored piece of San Jose. The open space of more than 172 acres of land, is home to the History Park Historical center, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo and miles of yards and gardens in which to loosen up and appreciate a quality excursion. The Japanese Friendship Garden, on the other hand, sits inside Kelley Park, it merits its fair notice. Developed as an image of good relations between San Jose and Okayama, Japan, its sister city, the garden is a diamond inside the city’s urban borders.

Raging Waters

The 23-acres of the land water park is perfect for daredevil. As the Waters is open only throughout the mid-year months, the setting makes a point to pack in plenty of good times for the whole family. Put on your preferred bathing suit and enjoy the warmth of the water with your friends and family.

Traveling from outside the USA?

Like a ritual, for the sake of our international travelers, I like to talk about processing the ESTA. If you have been following this blog, you will see where we talked about the ESTA visa and how to go about it. In this post, we will briefly explain the ESTA for those who have no idea and also learn how to check ESTA status.

The ESTA is an acronym for Electronic System for Travel Authorization – is a system used to decide the qualification of visitors to make a trip to the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether such travel represents any law requirement or security danger. ESTA approves a voyager to board a transporter for movement to the US under the VWP. Private carriers must be a signatory visa waiver program bearer. The USA custom and border patrol recommend that traveler who wants to come to the US must apply at the time of travel between 72 hours before boarding.

For those of us who already have an idea and maybe have also applied for the short-stay visa, the best way to check your visa status is by going to the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Customs and Border Protection – click check ESTA status – select either individual or group depending on which one you chose while processing and you will see your application status.

I could continue mentioning amazing spots and forget ourselves – the list still goes on and on. So don’t forget to add this place to your itinerary of places to visit. I can assure you that you will never be disappointed.

Bon Voyage!


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