SAN JOSE, a sprawling young city of 800,000, is no longer a cultural and economic suburb of San Francisco. It is the center of the Silicon Valley, an economic powerhouse, that some say overshadows the famous city to the north. That said, most of the famous names (Intel, Apple, etc.…) of the Valley actually have their headquarters outside of San Jose's city limits plus a good deal of the cultural and economic life of the area exits in the universities, town centers and malls of the smaller cities to the north – Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Mountain View etc.
The Silicon Valley is a symbolic geographic area that includes all of Jose Jose Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Mountain View plus as far south as Morgan Hill and to the east Silicon Valley extends past Milipitas and Fremont to Hayward just south of Oakland.
San Jose, 806,900; San Francisco Bay Area, 8,900,500 plus.
times: Chicago-4.5 hrs, London-10 hrs, N.Y.-5 hrs, Los Angeles- 1 hr, Miami-6
hrs, Tokyo-10 hrs
Average mean temperature: 66 F (18° C), Days of sunshine: 310 days,
Annual precipitation: 18.5 inches.
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
60°f / 51°f
77 °f / 59°f
79°f / 68°f
57°f / 50°f
Click for a current weather forecast for San Jose.
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport www.sjc.org
Terminal A, 2077 Airport Blvd., San Jose, CA 95110
Terminal C, 1661 Airport Blvd., San Jose, CA 95110
The major airport of the Silicon Valley is located two miles north of downtown
San Jose and is serviced by Alaska, American, America West, Continental, Delta,
Horizon Air, Mexicana, Northwest, Southwest, United and United Express.
Airport Courtesy Shuttles departs at designated points approximately
every 10 minutes from 5 a.m. - 12 midnight then until- 5 a.m., shuttle buses
continue to make a constant loop of the terminals and the parking lots at a
There are many Door to Door shuttles (San Jose Express Shuttle: 408-370-0701,
Santa Clara Airporter: 800-771-7794 are two examples), also free hotel shuttles,
limousine services, taxis, rail service and buses serve the south bay area and
connect to San Francisco and Oakland International Airports.
International Airports serve the San Jose Area
San Francisco International www.flysfo.com
Airport Information Hotline (Recording): (650) 875-8575
General Info: (650) 876 2377
San Franciscol Airport: 40 miles, 45 min.(depending upon traffic conditions)
Oakland International Airport www.oaklandairport.com
1 Airport Drive Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 577-4000
min.(depending upon traffic conditions)
LIGHT RAIL SERVICE
Light Rail Service (VTA) www.vta.org 2 North Second Street San Jose (408)
321-5559VTA (Valley Transportation Authority)
Call 408-321-2300 or visit www.vta.org
Light rail service is provided 7 days a week from early morning to midnight.
They operate every 10 minutes weekdays; every 15 minutes Saturdays and Sundays
and holidays. Service is provided every 30 minutes on all evenings. The 33 light
rail stations are served by of VTA buses, plus free parking spaces are provided
at the 10 light rail stations in South San Jose.
www.caltrain.com 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos
1-800-660-4287 (415) 508-6200
USA-RAIL (371-5465). www.amtrak.com.
Greyhound: 800 231-2222.
Jose to Downtown San Francisco by automobile: 55 min.(depending upon traffic
MUSEUMS, CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
Silicon Valley Institute of Art & Technology 89 S First Street San Jose (408)
Contemporary art gallery in downtown San Jose. Dedicated to showcasing new media
art exhibitions emphasizing art and technology.
180 Woz Way San Jose (408) 298-5437
Children's Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum featuring over 150 interactive
de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real Santa Clara (408)554-4528
The de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, is a museum of art and history.
The 17,000 square foot Museum.
De Anza College
http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/ 21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard Cupertino (408) 864-5678
Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley.
Foothill College |
12345 El Monte Rd Los Altos Hills
Great America (Paramount's) www.pgathrills.com
4701 Great America Parkway between Highways 101 and 237. Santa Clara, CA 95052
A collection of roller coasters and thrilling rides, and discover for kids,
adults and all thrillseekers. Opens end of March 24 and usually closes late
Museum and Intel Museum Store
2200 Mission College Boulevard Santa Clara (408) 765-0503
Self-guided, hands-on museum shows how computer chips are made and used.
Guided group tours available by reservation
San Jose City College
2100 Moorpark Avenue San Jose (408) 288-3755
San Jose Museum of Art www.sjmusart.org
110 South Market Street City: San Jose (408) 271-6880
San Jose Repertory Theatre
San Jose Rep Box Office: 408-367-7255 firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose Sharks, Local Professional Hockey Team
Compaq Center at San Jose www.compaqcenteratsanjose.com
525 West Santa Clara Street San Jose
(408) 977-4730 Box Office at 408-287-7070
San Jose State University www.sjsu.edu
One Washington Square San Jose
Santa Clara University http://www.scu.edu
500 El Camino Real Santa Clara (408) 554-4100
Stanford University www.stanford.edu
One of the Great American Universities of the Bay Area.
Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 723-2300
Athletic information: 1 800 Go Stanford