STATS AND FACTS
With a population of 925,000, San José is the third largest
city in California and the West Coast, and the 11th largest city
in the nation. San José is larger than San Francisco, Boston,
Washington, D.C., Seattle, Miami, Denver and New Orleans. San José is
also the Safest Big City in America for three consecutive years according
to FBI crime statistics.
Located between the Diablo and Santa Cruz mountain ranges, San
170-square miles at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay. It is
about 45 minutes south of San Francisco and 70 minutes northeast
of Monterey. With nearly 300 days of sunshine, San José registers
an average 70-degrees in July and 50-degrees in January. "California
casual" is appropriate for daytime and most evening outings.
A sweater or light jacket is suggested for evenings, with coats advisable
for November through March.
History and Historic Sites
San José was founded in 1777, and is the oldest civil settlement
in California. It was also the state’s first capital (before
California became an official state), with the first legislature
convening in a two-story adobe in December 1849. Primarily an agricultural-focused
city in the early to mid-20th century, San José is now known
as the Capital of Silicon Valley for the area’s many high technology
Symbols of the city’s
long history can still be found in the complex known as History
Park, which includes the preserved and restored
Peralta Adobe, built in 1797; the Fallon House, built in 1855; a
historic working trolley and 25-acres of turn-of-the-century landmark
buildings located at Kelley Park.
more information about San José’s historic sites,
visit History San José at http://www.historysanjose.org/.
to and Around San José
The Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is located only three miles from downtown San José and is
a completely self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the
City of San José. SJC is served by more than a dozen major
and regional airlines. The airport averages 388 commercial and 335
general aviation departures and landings daily.
Airlines is the major long-haul carrier, with direct flights to
Tokyo, Paris, Taipei,
New York, Honolulu, Austin, Boston and Washington,
D.C., in addition to several daily flights to its hubs in Dallas
and Chicago. Southwest Airlines and Reno Air offer the most regional
flights. For more information about the Norman Y. Mineta San José International
Airport, visit http://www.sjc.org/
accessible by ground, the Bay Area’s four major freeways – Interstate
Highways 280, 680, and 880 and State Highway 101 – converge
in San José. A modern “light rail” transit system
operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
(VTA) (www.vta.org) ranges from South San José’s residential
and shopping areas to Paramount’s Great America theme park
in Santa Clara, and up to the City of Mountain View to the north.
A network of buses links San José with other Santa Clara County
destinations, and charming historic trolleys share a portion of the
light rail line, circling downtown hotels, restaurants, nightlife,
attractions and shopping.
the Bay Area’s modern railroad, is also available
for visitors interested in touring the entire Bay Area. Caltrain
has 76 weekday trains that pass through San José’s Diridon
Station, and serves over 30,000 passengers daily.
San José is home to more than 8,400 guest rooms with accommodations
ranging from four-star hotels to bed-and-breakfast inns. There
are 2,200 guest rooms within walking distance of the San José McEnery
Convention Center. San José’s full-service convention
hotels include: The Fairmont San Jose, Clarion Hotel San Jose Airport,
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott San José Airport, Crowne
Plaza of San José, Hotel De Anza, Hyatt San José and
Hyatt Sainte Claire, Radisson Plaza Hotel, Doubletree Hotel, Wyndham
Hotel, Hilton San Jose & Towers and the San Jose Marriott.
The Hilton San Jose & Towers and the San Jose Marriott are
directly connected to the San José McEnery Convention Center,
to provide a seamless, world-class meeting venue.
more information on San José’s hotels, or to book
a room, visit http://www.sanjose.org/visitorsresidents/hotels.asp.
Convention and Cultural Facilities
Considered the cornerstone of downtown San José’s revitalization,
the San José McEnery Convention Center opened its doors in
April 1989, and is a shining example of beauty and function. Offering
425,000 square-feet of flexible function space, the Convention Center
welcomes delegates with a dramatic 125-foot mural of Royal Copenhagen
tile, ablaze in color. Inside, sun streams through soaring glass
walls, accenting archways and patterned terrazzo floors. Other highlights
include a 22,000 square-foot ballroom and 143,000 square-feet of
contiguous, column-free exhibit space.
Directly connected to
the convention center are the Hilton San Jose & Towers
and the San Jose Marriott, which collectively give meeting delegates “One
Connection” to a truly incredible meeting solution under one
roof. These three world-class venue offer 70,000 square-feet of meeting
space, 143,000 square-feet of exhibit space, 1,000 parking spaces,
700 guest rooms, one high-speed Internet connection and one point
of contact (one proposal, contract process and convention resume).
across the street from the San José McEnery Convention
Center is the versatile Civic Auditorium Complex, featuring the 3,060-seat
Civic Auditorium and the 30,000 square-foot Parkside Exhibit
Montgomery Theater and the San José Center for the Performing
Arts (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation), located kitty-corner
to the Convention Center, offer the finest in theater, musical and
cultural entertainment throughout the year, and also can be used
for stage presentations and special events.
located downtown is the HP Pavilion, home to the San José Sharks
and major entertainment headliners. The HP Pavilion is also available
as a meeting venue for groups with general sessions of 10,000 people
For more information
about San José’s meeting venues,
Things to Do
Varied points of interest and activities for San José visitors
range from the mysterious to the intriguing to old-fashioned family
fun. For example, the Tech Museum of Innovation, a 132,000 square-foot
facility includes an IMAX Dome Theater, four themed galleries with
nearly 200 hands-on exhibits; the Children’s Discovery Museum features more than 150 hands-on exhibits and is the largest facility
of its kind on the West Coast; the Rosicrucian Egyptian
3,000 year-old mummies and houses the largest collection of Egyptian
artifacts on the West Coast; the Winchester Mystery House is a beautiful
and bizarre 160-room mansion once owned by Winchester Rifle heiress,
Sarah Winchester; Paramount’s Great America, Raging
Waters and Bonfante Gardens theme parks offer thrill rides and other entertainment
for the young and young-at-heart.
Visitors can also explore
the city’s eclectic arts and entertainment
district such as SoFA (South First Area), as well as its quaint neighborhood
districts including San Pedro Square, Willow
Glen, Japantown and
the Rose Garden, or sample spirits at one of the area’s 50
wineries or its microbrewery restaurants.
fans have many choices as well – Sharks (hockey), Giants (minor leagues baseball), Earthquakes (men’s
soccer), CyberRays (women’s soccer), SaberCats (arena football) or San
Jose State University (men’s and women’s college
sports). Sporting events are held at the state-of-the-art HP Pavilion,
San José State
University’s Event Center and Spartan
Stadium, as well as the
San Jose Municipal Stadium.
For more information on
San José’s attractions, nightlife,
dining, etc, please visit http://www.sanjose.org/visitorsresidents/thingstodo.asp
Works by local, national and international artists are on display
at the more than 30 galleries and museums within San José.
The San Jose Museum of Art features changing exhibition of 20th century
American art. San José is also home to world-class performing
art companies, including the San Jose Repertory Theatre (which opened
in November 1997), Opera San Jose (founded by 20-year Met star Irene
Dalis), San Jose Symphony Orchestra (with renowned director Leonid
Grin), American Musical Theatre of San Jose (the highest subscribed
musical theater in the nation), Ballet San Jose of Silicon
and Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose.
Visitors interested in
knowing what festivals, events, cultural arts and performances
are taking place in San José should
visit www.Artsopolis.com, the Valley’s ultimate guide to arts
Parks and Gardens
Although known as a major urban center, San José has some
3,000 acres of parkland, including 125 parks and gardens, such as:
Emma Prusch Farm Park, an 86-acre farm park that represents San José’s
rich agricultural past; Alum Rock Park, San José’s first
and largest park with 700-acres of natural and rugged beauty; Lake
Cunningham Park, an open space and 50-acre lake perfect for fishing,
jogging, walking and family barbequing; downtown’s Plaza
de Cesar Chavez, once the site of the 1797 town center and location
for several festivals such as the city’s annual Music in the
Park; San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, with more than 150 varieties
of roses; Overfelt Gardens is home to the Chinese
which offers visitors a natural wildlife sanctuary amid a peaceful
pond setting; and Kelley Park, which includes the Japanese
Friendship Garden (modeled after Korakuen, a park in San José’s
sister city of Okayama, Japan), and the Happy Hollow Park
A spectacular work in progress is the Guadalupe River Park, which
will offer visitors and residents three miles of lush gardens and
natural riverbank beauty when completed in the near future.
For more information on
San José’s parks, visit http://www.ci.san-jose.ca.us/prns/regionalparks/
Whether you are a “shopaholic” or a window browser, San
José offers a number of shopping possibilities. Charming boutiques
and specialty stores are found throughout downtown and outlying neighborhoods.
Several major malls such as Westfield’s Oakridge and Valley
Fair Malls have top retail stores, while bargains can be found at
nearby factory outlets such as the Great Mall of the Bay
an offbeat, 200-acre flea market with 2,000 booths, the largest open
air market in the U.S. Santana Row, San José’s newest
shopping center located only minutes from downtown, combines upscale
shops and restaurants with urban living.
more information on shopping in San José, visit http://www.sanjose.org/visitorsresidents/shopping.asp.