A well planned trip always help with saving time and money. It enables you to collate the basic information about your destination so that you can be well aware of the places you are going to visit. This article aims at getting you acquainted to the city of San Jose, California and it will serve as your guide when you plan your tour to the city.

Basic information about San Jose:
San Jose is the largest city in North California and is also the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area. The city has a population of over one million and is the 3rd most populous city in California and 10th most populous in the United States. The region was originally inhabited by the Native American community Ohlone. First Europeans arrived in the region in 1769 and the area was under the Spanish Empire from 1777 till 1821. From 1821 it was under the Mexican rule till 1846 when California became a republic. In 1848 when California joined the US as one of its states, San Jose was the first capital of the state.

San Jose is now a global city with several large industries. Electronics and Information Technology constitute a large part of the economy of the city. The technology driven industry has resulted in the city being termed as the Capital of Silicon Valley. The city has several landmarks which are popular tourist destinations. San Jose has a diverse population with a large number of Asians who constitute around 32 percent of the total population of the city. The city has several IT companies and renowned technical institutes.

Important sites in San Jose:
• Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is a popular site in the city.
• Dr. Luther King Jr. Library is one of the largest libraries in the country.
• Mexican Heritage Plaza is the cultural center and Mexican museum.
• Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies hosts the largest collection of Beethoven’s music outside Europe. 
• Other popular sites in the city include Portuguese Historical Museum, , and Old Bank of America Building

San Jose is an internationally popular city and is majorly known as the center of information technology and other tech driven industries. The city is a major part of the US and the global IT industry and is one of the most preferred professional destination of expatriates working in the tech sector. The city is also famous for several of its historical landmarks which are major tourist attractions.

Best restaurants and hotels in San Jose:
Best restaurants in the city include Falafel Drive-In, La Foret Restaurant for French food, Paolo’s, Caffe Frascati and Vegetarian House. Major hotels in the city include Hyatt House, Dolce Hayes Mansion, La Quinta Inn & Suites and The Fairmont San Jose.

Points of interest:
For professionals working in the IT industry, San Jose is a major professional destination. The city has numerous landmarks that are of interests to various tourists who visit the city.

Local or travel tips:
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport serves the city. Public transport is also well developed in the city and is the main intra city transportation preferred by the residents of San Jose.