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“Do you know the way to San Jose?” Once you’ve figured it out, you’ll need to plan something to do for when you get there. Luckily, whipping up an itinerary for this California city is a cinch. From thrilling water parks to luxurious shopping districts and a generous supply of natural beauty, there’s something for everyone in the capital of Silicon Valley.
Arguably the most authentic Japantown in the country, this cultural base in San Jose draws is a perpetual tourist hotspot. Offering fantastic traditional Japanese restaurants, specialty shops and countless art galleries and theaters, as well as the all-important karaoke bar, a day in Japantown always promises tons of fun. If you want something more serious and enlightening, the Japanese-American Museum on N Fifth St. tells the stories of immigration and World War II internment, as well as displaying art and cultural objects.
While you’re technically in Santa Clara, Los Gatos provides a woodsy small-town feel to your getaway. With brick-fronted buildings, homely coffee shops and unique boutiques, you can spend the day tasting your way through town and window shopping like a local. Alternatively, explore one of the parks or the Los Gatos Creek Trail.
This water park is ideal for thrill-seekers. As Raging Waters is only open during the summer months, the venue makes sure to pack in a lot of fun for the entire family. At 23 acres (9ha), it’s the largest water park in Northern California. Slip into your favorite swimsuit and soar down whitewater slides with your loved ones.
If you haven’t been downtown, have you really been to San Jose? This is the political HQ of the city, with a tightly-packed cluster of Silicon Valley tech companies. There are also several small breweries, as well as plenty of restaurants and shopping options. The heart of the city is the place to come to find things to do on your trip.