San Jose Flights:

Flights to San Jose

image of San JoseSan Jose is the third largest city in the US state of California and the tenth largest in the country as a whole. San Jose is situated at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay area, in Silicon Valley, and has grown from a small farming town into a booming city with plenty to offer tourists.

On the edge of San Jose is the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (airport code: SJC) that offers service from several major airlines. A flight to San Jose with Delta Airlines from South Africa will connect first in Atlanta and then again in Denver. South African Airways has a different route, with transfers in London and Los Angeles. For a greater selection of flights to San Jose, the San Francisco International Airport (code: SFO) is only 56 kilometres (35 miles) away and may be a good alternative to landing in San Jose itself.

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The Tourist Attractions in San Jose:

Having become a boom city San Jose now offers a long list of tourist attractions that have been created for both residents and visitors to the city. In terms of international tourism, San Jose may often lose out in favour of nearby San Francisco, but this city really does have a lot of its own attractions to offer so if you’ve already been to San Francisco, maybe San Jose could be next on your list?! Below are just a few of the city’s most popular attractions.

San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose is a city that isn’t lacking museums, and the San Jose Museum of Art is one of the most popular and prominent. What sets this art museum apart from others in the country is its emphasis on West Coast art and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The building in which it’s housed is a little different too – the historical wing was built as the San Jose post office in 1892, though from 1937 to 1696 it served as the city library. The new wing of the museum opened in 1991.

The Tech Museum of Innovation
Another of San Jose’s popular museums is the Tech Museum of Innovation. San Jose is the logical choice for a museum of this kind, seeing as the city is nicknamed Capital of Silicon Valley! There are themed galleries that focus on the internet, innovation, the human body, and exploration, making this an interesting and fun place to visit for all ages.

If you’re visiting San Jose with children though, be sure to visit the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose as this is acclaimed as one of the best children’s museums in the country.

Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is a huge mansion with an interesting story! Lived in by Sarah Winchester, widow of gun-maker William Winchester, the mansion contains about 160 rooms, of which 40 are bedrooms. Reputedly haunted by all the spirits of people killed by Winchester guns, the mansion became a top tourist attraction when Sarah Winchester herself passed away. Tours are available daily, plus on special dates such as Halloween there are flashlight (torch) tours!

When Should You Visit?:

There’s a Mediterranean climate in San Jose so the mild weather makes this a city for visiting at any time of the year. San Jose has a drier climate than nearby San Francisco as it’s further inland and protected by mountains, but there is some rainfall in the city, mostly falling in the winter months, between December and March. During the summer the weather is pleasantly warm with average highs of 29C in both July and August.

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