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Japanese Friendship Garden
This beautiful and tranquil garden is an expanse of peace in the middle of the city. The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is a living symbol of the “Sister City” relationship between Okayama, Japan and San Jose. It serves as a popular setting for the perfect place for weddings and celebrations, but it best serves San Jose r…
Lick Observatory
On the forefront of astronomical research since 1888 (before there was even a road up Mount Hamilton) the Lick Observatory is nothing short of an icon, with its foundation set firmly in Silicon Valley innovation and technological prowess. Beyond the stunning views from 4,209 feet above the valley, the brilliant history of h…
Cannery Row

With its picturesque charm and colorful history, Cannery Row captivates visitors from all over the world. This historic waterfront district on Monterey Bay was made famous by author John Steinbeck. The unique appeal of this fabled street is what makes Cannery Row the most popular vacation destination on California’s Central…

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph was constructed in 1877 on the site of former basilicas that were damaged by earthquakes or fire. This 5th reincarnation is a California Historical Landmark, and welcomes visitors each year to witness the beauty of the church with it's majestic domes and 39 exquisite stained glass window…
Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum is a remarkable hub that showcases the history of computers and continues to chronicle new advances in technology. If you are interested in technology, you'll love the exhibits that await you. Find out how computers were invented and witness unique displays with fun topics like computer chess. If…
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
In 2003 San Jose State University and the City of San Jose came together to form a unique partnership to offer joint library services to citizens of San Jose and SJSU students and faculty. The 8 story library is home to 30 award-winning art installations and hosts weekly events from book fairs and author signings to poetry …
Emma Prusch Farm Park
This farm and park is home to San José's largest barn where 4H livestock projects are housed; animals vary throughout the year so keep coming back to see what is around. The park also features robust community gardens, a rare historic fruit orchard, and acres of open grass perfect for picnicking, kite flying, games and rela…
Five Wounds Portuguese National Church
The Five Wounds Portuguese National Church is the heart and soul of the Portuguese Community in Santa Clara Valley. The Five Wounds Parish was dedicated by Monsignor Henrique Ribeiro on November 8, 1914. The hard work and dedication of many Portuguese families made this beautiful edifice possible. The story of the construct…
Hakone Gardens
One of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s premier sites and 100 years old, Hakone is one of the oldest Japanese estate, retreat and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Hakone has also been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2013. 18 acres of magnificent beauty is nestled in the verdant hills of Sar…
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Take a day off from sightseeing and visit Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails, which take you through towering redwoods, mixed evergreens, Santa Cruz sand hills, and ponderosa pines. The oldest trees here are 1,800 years old, the talle…
Heritage Rose Garden
The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden is an unexpected jewel in the midst of the urban center of the city. A five-acre rose garden containing 3,500 plants and nearly 3,000 varieties of rare roses. "Unknown" or "found" roses are an important component of a heritage rose garden. These are varieties found in old cemeteries, ar…
History Park/History San Jose in Kelley Park
Walking in to History Park by History San Jose at Kelley Park is literally like taking a step back in time. The historical and cultural campus featuring 19 partner organizations who each tell their own history in their own words, captures the beginnings of San Jose in a fresh, fun, authentic, educational and fascinating…
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) showcases a unique collection of permanent and rotating exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. Visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World …
Kelley Park
With its 172 acres, Kelley Park is located on the north side of the city where it is regularly visited by area locals who enjoy its beautiful grounds and nearby attractions like Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. The park is a great place for picnics and other outdoor gatherings. With its picturesque setting, the park is popular pl…
Letcher Garage

Clarence Letcher was the local dealer for Cadillac, Packard, and Pierce Arrow. He had the first garage on the west coast. The now demolished building dated back to 1907 and faced St. James Park. The frosted glass was added to the structure in the location of the garages automobile doorways which keep the original configurat…

Mexican Heritage Plaza
Whether you're swinging by to check out a cultural performance or you'd just like to meander the grounds for a little extra beauty and calm, a trip to the Mexican Heritage Plaza should be just what any culturally-centered trip to San Jose needs. And on top of having some spectacularly stunning surrounds—and a host of event …
Moffet Field Historical Society Museum
The Moffett Field Historical Society is dedicated to education about and preservation of the heritage of one of Northern California’s most significant historic sites ... Moffett Field. This section tells the Society’s story: our history, how you can contribute to helping us achieve our mission through membership and/or dona…
NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Ames Exploration Center is a key facility for many of NASA’s missions and projects. Guests can take a self-guided tour inside a mock space station located in the research center. Explore exciting NASA missions during your visit, see a real moon rock, a Martian asteroid, learn how astronauts live and work in space and m…
New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum
The museum presents visitors with an interesting array of exhibits about the history of mercury mining and the lifestyles of mining communities at New Almaden. A mine diorama duplicates the interior of a mine shaft, giving visitors a feel for working underground. Other exhibits explain the changing technology of how the liq…
Peralta Adobe and Fallon House
Built in 1797, the Peralta Adobe is the last remaining structure from El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, also known as Pueblo Numero Uno. See the Adobe’s horno, an outside working oven, or venture inside the home and see two rooms furnished as they might have been when they were occupied by the Gonzales and Peralta familie…
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum began with one small artifact, a Sekhmet (lion goddess) statue, which stood on the desk of H. Spencer Lewis, the founder of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC. Today the Museum, with over 4,000 artifacts, houses the largest collection of authentic ancient Egyptian artifacts on display in Western No…
San Jose State University
Travelers often overlook the various cultural attractions that make up the university experience but some of the best undiscovered talent can be found on a campus. Catch a music or theater performance at one of the school's state of the art facilities, or root for the home team at any of San Jose State's fine athletic event…
San Jose Vietnam War Memorial
The San José “Vietnam War” Memorial Foundation, Inc. erected this Memorial in remembrance of the 142 “Sons of San José”. These heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America. We wanted the City of San José and its constituents to have a quiet place to remember and reflect on the memories of their loved …
San Jose Walks and Talks
One of the greatest ways to enjoy the sunshine and the history of the downtown core is  one-hour walking tour with Walks and Talks. Your guides  in this case are local San Jose students who’ve done their homework about the city and lead you through some well-known and some unknown downtown sites. Along the way  you'll get t…
San Pedro Square Market
A hot spot downtown you can always find what you are looking for among the variety of exciting food vendors at the market. Pizza, Latin American food, craft beer, sushi, fusion hot dogs and much more, pair your cuisine of choice with patio dining (dog-friendly) and lots of live entertainment. Films, live music, book signing…
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum opened its doors in June 1986 as the first surfing museum in the world. The museum overlooks the Steamer Lane surfing hot spot, and features photographs, surfboards, and videos tracing over 100 years of surf…

Silicon Valley Tech Tours
San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is home to over 6,600 technology companies including: Adobe, Cisco, Brocade, Netflix, eBay, PayPal Sun Power and TiVo. In the neighboring cities, there is also Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Intel, and many others. The region offers plenty of places to unleash your geek! See th…
Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorial San Jose/Santa Clara Valley is a commemorative public art installation created to honor the commitment of individuals who took time from their lives to serve the needs of our nation via service in one of the 5 branches of the military.    A nationwide design competition was held to determine the specific …
The Viet Museum
The Viet Museum (Vietnamese: Viện Bảo Tàng Việt Nam) or Museum of the Boat People & the Republic of Vietnam is a museum focusing on the experience of Vietnamese Americans and their journey from Vietnam to the United States. It is located in Greenwalt House at History Park at Kelley Park in San Jose, California, United S…
Winchester Mystery House
Featured by Good Morning America in 2010, this is the house that Sarah, the troubled Winchester rifle heiress, built. Seeking a way to rid herself of the spirits of those killed by the “Gun that Won the West,” Sarah sought the advice of a medium. That consultation resulted in Sarah spending decades, as well as her $20 milli…