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48 Hours in San Jose

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Enjoy the beauty and marvels of San Jose’s awesome tourist hotspots from Santana Row to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. With fine steakhouse restaurants like Arcadia and some thrilling sights such as California’s biggest water park, Raging Waters, the city is a top place for a fun filled 48 hours. At San Jose, the party never stops. From the best nightclubs to the most entertaining theaters, San Jose is where the fun begins. Check out these amazing places where you can spend a cool 48 hours enjoying the sights and sounds of San Jose. You will be amazed by the variety the city has to offer. 
48 Hours in San Jose
By Arcadio Buenaluna (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

DAY 1: First Day Tour of the Awesome City San Jose

Begin the Day Early at 8:00 am

Start you day at the upscale main street style mall, Santana Row which offers everything from dining and entertainment to shopping, boutique hotels, apartments and lofts. The restaurants are known for their spacious surroundings and good food so enjoy this pleasant complex and get a spot of early breakfast too, if you are in the mood for it.

Address:377 Santana Row, San Jose, Ca 95128 
Telephone: 408.551.4611 

Get to the Museum at 9:00 am

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is located west of downtown San Jose and it has everything from extensive collection of mummies and statues to household items. There is even a replica of a tomb built. This museum is the centerpiece of the Rosicrucian Park. For a fun-filled educational experience, make sure you plan a trip here.

Address:1660 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95191, United States
Telephone Number: 1 408-947-3635

Go to Arcadia for Breakfast at 10:00 am

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for many and what better way to start it than at the Marriott Hotel restaurant Arcadia run by Chef Michael Mina, one of the leading celeb chefs in the field. Though expensive, the food is delicious and well worth the price tag.
Address: San Jose Marriott, 100 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113, United States
Telephone: 1 408-278-4555

Get Cultural at 11:00 am

Enjoy the fascinating educational experience of visiting the Chinese cultural garden. Inspired by the Lowes, an American couple with a fine appreciation for oriental culture, this is one of the best places to relax and unwind.

Address:368 Educational Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95133, United States
Telephone: 1 408-251-3323

Chill out at Great America at 12:00 pm

Just before lunch, head out to California’s Great America which is one of the best amusement parks in this city.

Address: 4701 Great America Parkway,
Santa Clara, CA 95054, US
Telephone Number - 1 408-988-1776

Dive into Downtown San Jose at 1:00 pm

Enjoy a quiet stroll along downtown San Jose to build an appetite for a meal.

Eat at Original Joe’s at 2:00 pm

Enjoy lunch at Original Joe’s which is a landmark building in San Jose known for its tasty Italian food and impressive decor.

Address: 301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113, United States
Telephone Number: 1 408-292-7030

Get Wet and Wild at 3:00 pm

Work off the calories after lunch at San Jose’s Raging Waters, the biggest water park in California which has fast water slides, tidal pools, a complex water fort and plenty of online discounts. This water park is located within Lake Cunningham Regional Park.

Address: 2333 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95148, United States
Telephone: 1 408-238-9900

Go Irish
 at 4:00 pm

Visit the amazing O’Flaherty’s club for a spot of dancing and fun.
Address: 25 N San Pedro St
Telephone: (408) 947-8007

Visit the Market at 5:00 pm

Enjoy an easy drink at San Pedro Square after checking out buildings of major IT companies like Adobe. San Pedro Square is known for its colorful bars and fascinating culture.

Address: 87 N San Pedro St

Enjoy The Eateries at 6:00 pm

Beyond San Pedro Square, you will find numerous bars and restaurants where you can spend a pleasant evening or two. 

The Grill on the Alley 
Address:172 South Market Street, San Jose CA. 95113
Telephone: 408.294.2244

Address:1710 W Campbell Ave, Campbell , CA 95008
Telephone: 1 408.374.5777
Days and Timings: Monday-Wednesday (11am-10:30pm) 
Thursday-Saturday (11am-11:30pm) 
Sunday (9am-10:00pm) 

Get High on Hakone at 7:00 pm

For a pleasurable evening, make sure to visit Hakone which is one of the oldest Asian estate gardens in the West. Established in 1915, it is known for its wonderful gardens, tranquil settings and wonderful architecture.

Address: 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070, United States
Telephone: 1 408-741-4994

Watch a Movie at 8:00 pm

Head out to Los Gatos Cinemas at Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos for the most fun filled time at the movies.

Address: 43 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030, United States
Telephone: 1 408-399-9800
Website: www.losgatostheatre.com/

Enjoy a Quiet Dinner at 9:00 pm 

Have dinner at Cin Cin Wine Bar and Restaurant located in Los Gatos where you can enjoy the best meals at affordable rates. Get a load of the delicious Californian and Asian dishes here.

Address: 368 Village Ln, Los Gatos, CA 95030, United States
Telephone: 1 408-354-8006

Enjoy a Leisurely Stroll in South Bay at 10:00 pm

Check out south bay and the San Francisco Bay area especially individual pockets that were once towns. Enjoy a free walk in these areas. 

See Beautiful Sights  at 11:00 pm 

For an after dinner stroll, go to Guadalupe River Park along the west side of downtown in Santa Clara. This picturesque hotspot is a favorite for a romantic stroll.

Address: 10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States
Telephone: 1 408-777-3110

A Rose By Any Other Name….Check out the Charming View at 12:00 am

End the day at the Municipal Rose Garden which is located in one of the nicest residential neighborhoods in San Jose which a 5 acre expanse and it is the top spot for city residents for over 7 decades.
Address: Naglee Ave, San Jose, CA 95126, United States
Telephone: 1 408-794-7275

Day 1 Map

DAY 2: Super Amazing Second Day Tour of San Jose

The Fun Begins….at 8:00 am

Alum Rock Park is where the fun at Day 2 begins. This massive 720 acre park is San Jose’s first and largest. You can enjoy trekking, walking, hiking and biking in the pleasant environs of this park which is rugged gateway located just a few miles from downtown San Jose.

Address: 15350 Penitencia Creek Rd, San Jose, CA 95127, United States
Telephone Number: 1 408-794-7275

Brandon’s is Where the Best Food is At…at 9:00 am

At 9:00 head out to Brandon’s restaurant where you get amazing American food at throwaway prices for a leisurely breakfast.

Address:1820 Barber Ln, Milpitas , CA 95035
Telephone: 1 408.432.6311

Farmers Market is Exciting at 10:00 am

Farmers Market is held on Friday in Downtown San Jose and it is perfect for customers who want to buy rural produce and enjoy the colorful sights and sounds.

Address: 1376 Piedmont Rd, San Jose, CA 95132, United States
Phone: 1 925-825-9090

Get a Dose of Religion and History at 11:00 am 

Go to Soledad Mission located in the South on Highway 101 in San Jose around 30 miles from the main road. This historic mission has amazing craftwork of religious importance. 
Address - 36641 Fort Romie Rd, Soledad, CA 93960, United States
Telephone Number  - 1 831-678-2586

Mission Santa Clara is a Superb Spanish Landmark at 12:00 pm

Mission Santa Clara de Asis was established in the 1770s as one of the Spanish missions specifically the 8th. This historic building is a wonderful venue for a visit.

Address: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, United States
Telephone: 1 408-554-4023
Website: www.scu.edu/

Get a Delicious Lunch at Cafe Stritch at 1:00 pm

For lunch and some excitement, head out to the Cafe Stritch known for its jazz evenings and delicious cocktails. Enjoy the food and fun here.
Address: 374 S 1st St, San Jose , CA 95113
Telephone: 1 408.280.6161

Go in For Art at 2:00 pm 

Visit the San Jose Museum of Art which is known for its varied exhibits and colorful displays. 
Address :110 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95110, United States
Telephone: 1 408-271-6840

Get a Pair of Skates at 3:00 pm

Enjoy a pleasant walk in San Jose’s Cunningham Skating park which is one of the six skate parks in the city. You can even try out a spot of skating for fun.

Address: 2305 S White Rd, San Jose, CA 95148, United States
Telephone: 1 408-794-7574
Website  - www.sanjoseca.gov/

Get Historical at History San Jose at 4:00 pm

Inside History San Jose park at 635, Phelan Avenue San Jose, you can enjoy a streetcar ride on the grounds of Kelley Park in this city. Rides are from 11 am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Entrance to the park is free except for event day fees. 
Address - 1650 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112, United States
Telephone Number  - 1 408-287-2290

Learn All About the History of Quilts and Textiles at 5:00 pm

Spend an educational evening at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the one museum of its kind in the country. It is known for promotion of the quilt and textile industry.

Address: 520 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113, United States
Telephone: 1 408-971-0323

Explore the Farm at 6:00 pm

The Emma Prusch dairy farm is a 86 acre site which is an agricultural based park in the center of the city, with trees and immense fauna which you can enjoy spotting as you explore this farm.  This park is also home to the largest barn of San Jose and it also has a rare fruit orchard apart from being the perfect spot for kite flying, picnic and relaxing.

Address: 647 S King Rd, San Jose, CA 95116, United States
Telephone: 1 408-794-6262

Get Some Retail Therapy at 7:00 pm

For the shopaholic, there is always the complex and luxurious shopping malls of Eastridge, Oakridge and Valley Fair along with West Gate. Shop till you drop here.  

Valley Fair
Address:  2855 STEVENS CREEK BLVD., SANTA CLARA, CA 95050-67
Telephone: 408.248.4451
Website: http://www.westfield.com/valleyfair/

Santana Row
Address: 377 Santana Row, San Jose, Ca 95128 
Telephone: 408.551.4611 

Westfield Oakridge Mall
Address: 925 BLOSSOM HILL ROAD, SAN JOSE, CA 95123-1294
Telephone: 408.578.2912 

Westgate Mall
Address:1600 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129, United States

Telephone: 1 408-551-4600
Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

San Jose Flea Market
Address: 1950 Berryessa Road, San Jose CA
Telephone: (408)453-1110

Head out to the Zoo at 8:00 pm

For some pre dinner fun, hist the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo and drop in to get a taste of the adventure and greenery here.

Address: 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112, United States
Telephone: 1 408-794-6400
Website: www.hhpz.org/

Japantown has the Best Manjus at 9:00 pm

Enjoy manjus, gets and kimonos at Japantown in San Jose. J town is where the fun is at as you enjoy the Japanese music and delicious food at Japanese restaurants. This authentic Japanese hotspot is the perfect confluence of the East and West with places of worship such as San Jose Buddhist Church, Betsuin.

Address: Japantown is located near downtown San Jose in the Jackson and Taylor neighborhood.

Enjoy Some Sailing at 10:00 pm 

Sail at the Lake Cunningham Park and enjoy the breeze and the adventure of it all.
Address: 2305 S White Rd, San Jose, CA 95148, United States
Telephone: 1 408-794-7275

Get Hi Tech at 11:00 pm

If you cannot get enough of Silicon Valley and the digital world, head south of downtown San Jose to Willow Glen 
Address: 1261 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 217
San Jose, CA 95125
Telephone:  (408) 298-2100

Enjoy a Walk in the Park at 12:00 am

San Jose has 193 parks. Choose any one of the 54 miles of scenic trails here and enjoy the post dinner stroll before turning in.

Great Oaks
Address: Snow Drive & Giusti Drive, San Jose, CA 95111, United States
Telephone:1 408-793-5510

Address: Gassman Drive & Tuers Road 
San Jose, CA 95121
Telephone: 1-408-793-5510

 Day 2 Map

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