This progressive California city buzzes with innovation.

In the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is famous for its innovative culture. California’s third-largest metropolis prides itself on ingenuity, and that spirit extends far beyond self-driving cars and virtual reality. San Jose also delivers cutting-edge cuisine, an enterprising arts scene and a deep appreciation for its rich global diversity and history. The city’s northern neighbor, San Francisco, may get more of the spotlight, but San Jose is a true original that's pulsing with creative energy.

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Explore San Jose

  • Downtown
  • Japantown
  • SoFA District
  • Willow Glen

Downtown

Overview

The city’s urban core is packed with worthwhile stops, from innovative science and art museums to pop-up galleries, cocktail bars and hip nightlife spots where bright young minds gather. Relax by the fountain in Plaza de Cesar Chavez or get tickets to a touring Broadway show.

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Nightlife, Restaurants , Historical Attractions

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Japantown

Overview

First settled in the late 1800s, San Jose's Japantown is one of only three such neighborhoods that still exist in the United States. Today, Japanese markets and restaurants share the streets with businesses selling Hawaiian and Korean foods and products.

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Restaurants , Cultural Sites, Architecture

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SoFA District

Overview

South of San Carlos Street, downtown San Jose takes on a distinctively arty vibe. The ultra-creative SoFA, or South First Arts, district is a test lab for visionary entrepreneurs who rise to the challenge of making art that sparks dialogue and offers inspiration.

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Nightlife, Restaurants, Street Art

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Willow Glen

Overview

Willow Glen feels like a small town tucked into the big city, with pedestrian-friendly streets, manicured storefronts and a welcoming cluster of small businesses. Idyllic Lincoln Avenue and the surrounding blocks invite travelers to stay awhile and explore bakeries, bookshops, antiques stores and sidewalk eateries.

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Restaurants , Nightlife, Shopping

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Innovation Meets Art in a Three-Day Weekend in San Jose, California

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Explore the City’s Famous Tech Scene

In this city where ingenuity and innovation are prized, mind-expanding institutions focus on cutting-edge science. Learn about computers, robotics and space travel, then step back in time at history museums dedicated to preserving San Jose's pre-silicon-chip heritage.

Closeup of Victorian architecture.

Tour California-Grown Art and a Very Unusual Mansion

Amid all of San Jose's shiny technology, you’ll also find a devotion to the visual arts. The ultra-creative SoFA,or South First Arts, district welcomes visionary entrepreneurs and art lovers with museums, galleries, murals and public sculptures.

Aerial view of city skyline at sunset.

Eat, Drink and Shop

Surrounded by fertile farmland, San Jose has an earthy but sophisticated food scene. Produce doesn't travel far to get to your fork, and global cuisines reflect the city's rich diversity. Explore San Jose's culinary highlights and treat yourself to elevated retail therapy at Santana Row.

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