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Women enjoying cocktails outdoors at the GranView Restaurant with the sun setting over the Silicon Valley in the background


Experience San Jose like a local while still visiting the most popular tourist attractions. These travel itineraries will help you make the most of your visit, no matter how long you’re here.

People viewing the giant refractor telescope at Lick Observatory

San Jose History Tour

Fun fact for the history buffs traveling to San Jose: the city predates California and was the first civilian settlement in what was then known as Nueva California. When the state of California was founded in 1850, San Jose became the first capital and has been an important place in California history since the city was founded in 1777. You’ll be delighted by the the vast historic experiences and sights waiting to be discovered, as San Jose’s vibrant past is celebrated by people, places and events throughout the city.