San Jose Charter Buses
San Jose, the largest city in the high-tech region of Silicon Valley, is situated on the San Francisco Bay. Noted for its affluence and high cost of living, California’s third largest city began attracting a booming technology industry in the 1990s, a movement that earned it the nickname, “Capital of Silicon Valley.”
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The city has some of the most expansive parklands within its limits, about 16,000 acres, and is listed as having the 11th best park system among the country’s 50 most populous cities. San Jose’s oldest park, Alum Rock Park, was established in 1872.
San Jose boasts one of the most active performing arts cultures in the country. Its SAP Center at San Jose repeatedly sells more tickets to non-sporting events that any other venue in the country, averaging 184 events a year.
One unusual attraction is the city’s growing collection of public art. There are many public art projects throughout downtown, and collections are also growing in newer civic locations such as libraries, parks and even fire stations.
Like most of the Bay Area, the climate in San Jose is subtropical, and the city sees partial or full sunshine an average of 300 days a year. Such pleasant, predictable weather makes San Jose an ideal location for tourists. The city’s downtown is congested, however, and you may want Metropolitan Shuttle to navigate those busy streets and highways.
The Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, two miles from downtown, serves San Jose and surrounding communities. Residents and visitors also use the larger, Oakland International Airport, 35 miles to the north.
Each year, the dozens of noted technology schools in the region pump thousands of computer science and engineering students into San Jose’s local economy. That could be one reason why San Jose’s 932,620 residents produce more U.S. patents than any other city, and why 35 percent of all venture capital funds in the county are invested in San Jose and Silicon Valley companies. That success may also explain why households in San Jose have the highest disposable income of any city in the United States with a population over 500,000 residents.
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Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Founded in 1777
Winchester Mystery House A 160-room, architectural anomaly
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library Hosts 2 million visitors a year
Hayes Mansion One of the South Bay’s most impressive and distinctive historical structures
San Jose City Hall
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum Houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America
San Jose Museum of Art
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Portugese Historical Museum
Mexican Heritage Plaza A museum and cultural center for the area’s Mexican Americans
Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies Houses the largest Beethoven collection outside Europe
Performing Arts Companies
Sports and Event Venues
Outdoor Recreational Sites
Overfelt Gardens 33-acre historic park
Alum Rock Park 718 acres and the oldest historical park in California
Kelley Park Features amusement park, museum and other attractions
Raging Waters Water and amusement park
Almaden Quicksilver County Park 4,147 acres of former mercury mines
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