Santa Clara, located at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, is a unique destination offering different attractions than the average California town. With three colleges, three universities and a technological institute, visitors will find that Santa Clara is a sophisticated and diverse destination, while still maintaining its college town status.
Santa Clara University, a Jesuit school founded in 1851, is the oldest operating institute of higher learning in California. At the heart of the university’s campus sits Mission Santa Clara de Asís, the city’s namesake and the eighth mission to be founded in California. This must-see site dates back to 1777, and although it has been rebuilt six times, it is a beautiful and peaceful stop for quiet reflection. Our Lady of Peace Shrine is another religious sight to see in Santa Clara, with its 32-foot statue of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, which stands watch over U.S. Highway 101.
The city also boasts modern attractions including Levi Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50. If soccer is your preferred sport, be sure to catch a match at Santa Clara University’s Buck Shaw Stadium. When it’s time to let the kids run around, or if you simply want to get outside and explore nature, head to San Tomas Aquinas Creek Trail or Ulistac Natural Area.
On a visit, you won’t want to overlook Santa Clara’s Silicon Valley ties. Intel is headquartered here, and the Intel Museum located inside the company’s headquarters takes visitors on a journey of innovation through the years. Museum guests will take a deep dive into Intel’s history and products, as well as a general overview of semiconductor technology. For a look into Santa Clara’s art and history scene, spend some time at the de Saisset Museum and Triton Museum of Art.
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, Santa Clara offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy. Happy exploring!