San Jose served as California's first capital in 1850, but it wasn't until the 1980's that the downtown area began to resemble the bustling district it is today. It is home to numerous landmarks, including the San Jose Museum of Art, the Tech Museum of Innovation, the De Anza Hotel, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, and San Jose State University's campus. Downtown San Jose is generally considered to encompass the area north of Interstate 280 and east of Guadalupe Parkway. Most of the downtown area is covered by a public WiFi network, fitting for such a leading tech city. With a slew of restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and shopping options, Downtown San Jose is a must-visit part of this historic city.
A fabulous mix of undulating savanna grassland and evergreen forests, Enid Pearson-Arastradero Preserve teems with wildlife and natural bounty. Hugging the Arastradero Lake, the grassy knolls and hills make way for forested areas and nature trails. Much favored among bikers and hikers, most of the trails in the park are open through the year. Mountain lions, bobcats and deer are found aplenty here, so are many species of birds that flock around its pristine water bodies.
Uvas is one of the numerous artificial reservoirs created in the mid-1950s as a water conservation measure in the region. Historically, the natural area was part of a Mexican ranch which was later given as a grant. Today, a picturesque sylvan landscape envelops the Uvas Reservoir, providing ample opportunities for hiking and camping. Fishing and boating facilities are available at the lake.
If you want to spend a fun-filled afternoon along with your entire family, head to the Blackberry Farm. This huge park offers something for everyone, kids will love to explore it and play here. It features pools, water slides, sporting courts, picnic areas and many other facilities. For more details, call ahead.
Hunter's Point is an integral part of the Fremont Older Preserve, and attracts nature lovers and avid hikers. The scenic hike gently slopes upwards before reaching the vantage point. Hikers can enjoy gorgeous views of the rolling hills and verdant countryside from here, making Hunter's Point a great place to click pictures for social media.
Marine Science Institute offers programs and outings to educate children about their natural environment. On board their ship, the Robert G. Brownlee, students can experience the South Bay and see fishes and plankton, and collect mud samples. Their Discovery Voyage program is executed on board this ship. The Inland Voyages program makes use of aquariums to bring marine life directly into the classroom, while the Marine Camp summer program offers new experiences every year. All of their programs are fun ways to teach your child about the importance of conservation.
Named after a Mexican gold miner, Don Jesus Ramos, who settled in California, the Ramos Park is one of the many public parks in the city. This green expanse is a perfect space to laze around with a book or enjoy sports with your kids or friends. It features amenities like playground, basketball hoop, picnic spots, BBQ facilities and benches too.
Earlier the seat of the Rancho Ojo del Agua de la Coche, Morgan Hill today is a hub for high-tech companies. Named after its founder Hiram Morgan Hill, the city is surrounded by the Santa Clara Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains. El Toro, a hill in the Santa Clara Valley is a distinctive feature of the city. Beautiful recreational spaces, museums and galleries, and an eclectic mix of tourist offerings form the character of Morgan Hill.