10 Must-see Places in California

Most commercials present California as a place for fun, actors and surfers. But it is much more than that. Here you can get closer to nature, see amazing architecture and visit many family friendly places! Here are the 11 best spots in San Jose, California! Check them out and plan your next trip!

1. The Tech Museum Of Innovation

The museum offers something for every taste- there are many exhibitions, including experience of an earthquake. You can also watch Hollywood movies in the 3D IMAX theater. If you are planning to eat here, pack your own snacks, or prepare some extra money.

2. Alum Rock Park

This is one of the oldest parks in America, which has about 13 miles of trails, which you can hike, walk or run. The Alum Rock Park has an animal rehab center and a small museum. There are some wooded areas. You can also have a picnic in the park or enjoy the playground and play volleyball in the sandpit.

3. Almaden Quicksilver County Park

With an area of over 4100 acres and elevation between 600 and 1700 feet above sea level, the park will show you some old mercury mines. The owner of the park extracted about 84 million pounds of gold. Many of the buildings, including some old miners’ houses, are still preserved and opened for visitors. If you don’t want to visit museums, you can still enjoy a walk in the park!

4. Los Gatos Creek Trail

Los Gatos Creek Trail is the perfect place for those who like mountain biking, hiking, and running. The trails are through parks, ponds and the main one goes up into the mountains.

5. Heritage Rose Garden

You don’t need to have a green thumb to visit Heritage Rose Garden! Because this place is simply amazing! Over 750 volunteers planted 4000 plants and 3000 varieties of heritage. Besides enjoying and admiring the beauty of roses, you can receive some useful lessons on how to prune roses or even create a statue of bushes.

6. Happy Hallow Park And Zoo

Another wonderful place in California is the Happy Hollow Park And Zoo. It is run by a nonprofit organization and all the profit goes back for such purposes. Here you can see some very rare animals- jaguars, mountain gorillas, cheetahs, orangutans and many more. Children and their families not only can get closer to animals and nature but visit the zoo’s puppet theater.

7. SAP Center

If you are a hockey fan, you should definitely visit the SAP Center known also as “The Shark Tank”, for being the home of NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The SAP Center has been the host of many conventions, concerts, and conferences.

8. Children’s Discovery Museum

This museum is a wonderful place for children and it combines technology, science, art, and culture. Children will have a lot of fun with a variety of gadgets and toys and will be kept busy for hours with many exciting exhibitions. What is more, the museum has something to offer for the adults, too.

9. Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph is definitely worth seeing, no matter if it will be for religious reasons or you are interested in history. The church has amazing design and architecture. The glass paintings and the church dome attract many tourists and the church is frequently opened for prayers and public views.

10. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

There is no need to go to Africa to experience the magic of  Egypt. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose houses some original mummies, as well as some full-scale replicas. There is a replicated version of a crypt and it is worth making the tomb tour. Great place where both children and adults will have a great time!

11. California Theater

One of the best places to visit in San Jose is the California Theater. If you are a regular visitor of the state, you can get a season ticket and see all the shows. Well, the known performance that takes place here is the Symphony Silicon Valley. Started as a movie palace, now the theater is turned into a house of a variety of arts and it will give you an experience at a whole different level.

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