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The capitol of Silicon Valley—birthplace of the Bay Area Tech Boom—San Jose was built on an innovative spirit and cradled in the beautiful surrounds of the South Bay Area. While you can certainly feel the city’s history though taking a tour through downtown or meandering through History Park, you’ll be able to see some of the stranger sights of its history in places like the Winchester Mystery House and the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. But there’s so much more to San Jose than technology and history; it’s a cultural hub like no other city. Boasting the largest Vietnamese population anywhere outside of Viet Nam and one of only three Japantowns in the US, there’s much more to San Jose than just you might think.
Of course this rich, international heritage means that you’ll be in for some culinary treats, as well. From amazing Vietnamese restaurants like Bun Bo Hue An Am to the San Jose Taco Festival of Innovation, your cravings for international eats should be well taken care of. Or, if you’re looking for something a bite more familiar, there’s always Le Papillon—a well-loved French bistro—and the vibrantly hip San Pedro Square Market. And after the sun sets, you can always catch a show at one of the many theaters in town or head downtown for drinks.
On top of its culture and cuisine, you’ll definitely find some uniquely Silicon Valley options. Take a tech tour of San Jose and beyond by heading to the acclaimed Tech Museum, the Computer History Museum, or the birthplace of Silicon Valley as we know it, the HP Garage. Or, if you find yourself wanting to explore even more quintessential California open space, San Jose serves as the perfect gateway with easy access to places like Highway One with its stunning coastal views and day trips to stand among the giant California Redwoods. But you won’t want to stay away too long; with a city as vibrant and innovative as San Jose, you never know what you could be missing.