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Mountains above San Jose

Outdoors and Nature

Outdoor Activities

Nestled in a valley surrounded by picturesque mountains, San Jose offers opportunities to spend time outdoors and see beautiful vistas from the endless trails and parks.

Hike along trails at Alum Rock Park or in higher altitudes at Castle Rock State Park to immerse yourself in nature and see the valley vistas. Families, experienced hikers and novice explorers will find the perfect place to get outside in San Jose and the surrounding valley. Discover places where you can get some fresh air and take in the unforgettable views. 

Hiking and Biking Trails

Find trails that fit any level of experience, from beginner to expert. Stick to the urban trails or trek the dirt paths and venture upward for panoramic views of the city. 


Enjoy serene atmospheres and breathtaking beauty in our favorite botanical gardens. Walk among the roses at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden or watch the swimming koi play in the ponds at the Japanese Friendship Gardens.

All Outdoors and Nature