San Jose might not always get the limelight, but this creative, affluent city has a whole host of lures for travellers wanting to see a less-trodden side of the Bay Area.
The capital of Silicon Valley and California’s oldest Spanish settlement, San Jose combines culture-rich neighbourhoods and quirky museums with colourful markets and exceptional cuisine – then adds wineries, beaches and mountains to the mix. Here’s how to spend three days in and around the city, and why it deserves to feature in your next California trip.
Nestled in the San Jose Hills, Alum Rock Park is the perfect place to while away a sunny morning. Made up of 720 acres (291ha) of top-tier woodland and 13mi (21km) of hiking trails – with the chance to horse ride or cycle through the wilderness – this is the ideal area to come and reconnect with nature. Explore by foot or simply stretch out and enjoy a picnic surrounded by the parkland and wildlife.
The region is also renowned for its wine, with more than 150 vineyards scattered between the mountains. Visit Big Basin Vineyards for a wine-paired picnic, stop at Ridge Vineyards to sample award-winning vintages or drop by the historic Mountain Winery for a live music performance as you toast the end of your San Jose stay, amid scenes that belong on a postcard.
Find out more and start planning your trip now by visitingvisitcalifornia.com/road-trips