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San Pedro Square Market in Downtown San Jose

San Jose: From Robots to Ramen

By Bill Fink
Alaska Beyond Magazine

Alaska Beyond Magazine features San Jose in the March 2019 edition in the article "California: Something for Everyone."


In San Jose, you can see children building robots, amateur cyber detectives trying to root out a computer virus, and adults using augmented-reality devices. Walking through The Tech Museum of Innovation's interactive exhibits is a quick introduction to the spirit of Silicon Valley.

And San Jose also offers impressive art, history, and cultural diversity, as well as an extensive interconnected network of public parks and bike paths, while nearby are the wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains and beckoning Pacific Ocean beaches.

Santana Row, San Jose's Rodeo Drive

Main Attractions: 

California Theatre: Enjoy an evening of live entertainment at the restored 1927 theater. 

Japantown San Jose: The neighborhood recalls the late-19th to early-20th century influx of Japanese farmworkers to the orchard-filed valley, and offers excellent food options such as ramen.

San Jose Museum of Art: Admire the permanent collection of modern and contemporary California-related artworks, and explore tech-focused special exhibits with pieces such as a glazed-porcelain robot teapot -- unique Silicon Valley blends of art and technology.

The historic California Theatre in Downtown San Jose

Lesser-known Local Favorites:

Downtown San Jose Public Art Walk: A colorful collection of Instagram-ready murals, stylized doors and "art boxes" (decorated public-utility housings) are among the works that can be seen on the walk.

NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley: In Mountain View, learn about space missions at the research complex's NASA Gift Shop in Silicon Valley, then visit the nearby Moffett Field Historical Society Museum to discover the history of flight, from blimps to propeller planes to jets.

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden: Stop and smell some of nearly 200 types of roses blooming from April to November on thousands of bushes at this fragrant 5.5-acre attraction.

Mural on the Nichi Bei Bussan building in Japantown

Classic Drinks: 

In the South Bay area, the Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley have new and historical wineries open for visits, and there also are a couple of tasting rooms in Downtown San Jose...


Click here to continue reading the Alaska Beyond Magazine article, "California: Something for Everyone."



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