With its green surroundings and numerous attractions, San Jose, CA is the perfect spot for quick trips and extended vacations alike. Shop until you drop, spend hours at galleries and museums, or visit vineyards in California's glorious wine country. In short, San Jose has it all…as long as you’ve got a way to get around. Make the most of your next trip to the Bay Area with a cheap San Jose car rental.…
Swanky San Jose
Downtown San Jose has plenty to offer the intrepid visitor. Within a five-mile radius of the downtown area are the San Jose Museum of Art, Ballet San Jose, and the HP Garage. Six miles away from the downtown area is one of the most interesting sights in San Jose: the Winchester Mystery House™. This house was built by Sarah Winchester after the death of her husband. Her expansive fortune and burgeoning madness gave her the means and desire to continuously build, even when the plans were nonsensical. You can take a tour, but be careful—the place is reportedly haunted.
No trip to San Jose is complete without a trip to one of its sports teams. If you’re visiting in the fall or winter, you must catch the beloved San Jose Sharks play at SAP Center—make sure you get there in time to watch the game intro! Football fans will find themselves right at home with a trip to the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s® Stadium, located about 8 miles north, in Santa Clara.
Beyond San Jose
San Jose and its surrounding area have grown significantly grown from its farming roots, thanks mostly to the IT developers in Silicon Valley. But the city and the Greater Bay Area still sport a tremendous amount of greenery, which you can see whenever the mood takes you. Rent a car in San Jose through CarRentals.com so you can drive 20 miles north to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, the gorgeous wine country of Napa is just 90 miles south of San Jose, and is well worth a day trip.
Mission San Jose and Beyond
Like many cities first settled by the Spanish, San Jose began around a mission—in this case, Mission San Jose, built in 1797. When California joined the United States in 1850, San Jose was briefly its capital, an honor that was later transferred to Sacramento. San Jose concentrated primarily on agricultural development for decades, until the advent of World War II led to an uptick in industrial manufacturing. This lean toward technology continued even after the war, with computer companies and tech firms leading the way. The area San Jose occupies has since become part of “Silicon Valley”—not bad for a little mission town.
Warm and Breezy
San Jose enjoys the temperate weather of the Bay Area—minus the fog that routinely ensconces San Francisco. During the winter, you can expect average highs in the 60s and 70s, along with some wet weather from December through February. Occasionally temperatures drop below freezing at night, though this is limited to one or two days per year. Don’t pack too many tank tops for the summer; record-breaking temperatures aren’t routine here, and July and August are in the mid-70s and 80s. You will get the occasional triple-digit heat wave, but they are as rare as the freezing nights.
Traveling Through NorCal
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