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San Jose, California Travel Guide


San Jose is known as “The Capital of Silicon Valley,” because it is the largest city in the high-tech Silicon Valley. Located in the Bay Area near San Francisco, San Jose is the third largest city in California and the largest in Northern California. The city is consistently ranked as the safest city in the United States and boasts the splendid shopping of Santana Row. Largely an agricultural center throughout its history, San Jose was the first city set up by the Spanish that wasn’t originally associated with a military post or a mission. It was also the first capital of the State of California. Because of its technological economy, the city is the headquarters of Adobe Systems, Cisco, and eBay.


El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe was founded in 1777, by the Spanish, for the purposes of setting up a city and agricultural hub for the area. In 1846, California, along with the city of San Jose, agreed to become part of the United States. Around this same period, mines around San Jose were discovered to have mercury, an important element in separating gold from ore, making San Jose an important city during the Gold Rush era. In 1850, San Jose became the first incorporated city in the State of California and was therefore, made the state capital for a brief period. Through most of its history, San Jose was an important agricultural hub for fruits and vegetables in California. But with IBM setting up its west coast operations in the city in 1943, the city and area around it became increasingly technology driven, leading it to the title of the Silicon Valley.


Like most big cities in California and the Bay Area especially, San Jose is a pricey city.


Winchester Mystery House
Santana Row
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
San Jose Museum of Art
The Tech Museum
San Jose Sharks


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