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San Jose




San Jose, named the safest big city in the US, is the third-largest city in California, and the ten largest in the United States. San Jose is situated in Santa Clara Valley at the southern end of the peninsula and is about 45 minutes south of San Francisco. San Jose is also one of the sunniest cities in the United States; the year-round average temperature is of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

San Jose is one of California's oldest cities, the city was founded on November 29, 1777 as El Pueblo de San Josť de Guadalupe, remnants of that period include Plaza de Cesar Chavez, and the Peralta Adobe (the oldest building in San Jose); originally the city served as a farming community. In the late 1960s, San Jose became a magnet for suburban newcomers. In the late 1980s, San Jose surpassed San Francisco in population.

More recently, San Jose has emerged as the civic heart of Silicon Valley, many high-tech mega companies have their headquarters here, including Cisco Systems, Ebay, Adobe, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Novellus Systems, Apple, Yahoo, Seagate Technologies, and Sun Microsystems.

San Jose has many interesting attractions, one of the most famous is the intriguing Winchester Mystery House, a rambling, 160-room Victorian mansion. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium houses a brilliant collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts including a complex replica of an antique Egyptian tomb. The Tech Museum of Innovation, or The Tech, contains interactive exhibits of high-tech engineering.

Other interesting attractions include the Children's Discovery Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art. The Biblioteca Latinoamericana boasts one of the biggest collections of Spanish Language works in Northern California. History Park at Kelley Park is home to the Viet Museum and the Portuguese Historical Museum, the park also houses a replica of the 1881 Electric Light Tower

Art has gained an important role in San Jose, the city is home to many artists working in all kinds of media; other cultural institutions of San Jose include the Opera San Jose, the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Children's Musical Theater of San Jose, and the American Theatre of San Jose.

San Jose is home also to luxury hotels, trendy restaurants, art galleries, and lively nightspots. San Jose's nightlife district is called SOFA (South of First Area). The city also offers many shopping opportunities.

Finally, San Jose is home to one of the San Francisco Bay Area's three international airports, San Jose International. The other two are Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).


The next is a short list of some attractions in San Jose:

Name
Address
Telephone
History San Josť 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 287-2290
Winchester Mystery House 525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128 (408) 247-2101
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium 1664 Park Ave, San Jose CA 95191 (408) 947-3636
The Tech Museum of Innovation 201 South Market St., San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 294-TECH(8324)
San Jose Museum of Art 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 271-6840
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 298-5437
Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library 921 South First St., San Josť, CA 95110 (408) 294-1237

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