Clarion Inn Silicon Valley
3200 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
Phone: (408) 972-2200
Fax: (408) 972-2632
3200 Monterey Rd., San Jose, CA, US, 95111
- Phone: (408) 972-2200
- Fax: (408) 972-2632
Here's where you come when you need to know all about San Jose's local history. The city is not just about bright lights and bustle; it's also California's oldest, and richest in terms of culture. The park consists of historical landmarks and old houses that forms a quaint village with a breathtaking view of the valley. Go for a long stroll, if you'd like to scour its nooks and crannies on your own, or better still, hitch a ride on the electronic trolley. This car has its own charm, with reversible seats and wooden framework. The park's early car models are also displayed.
Located in Kelley Park, this garden is modeled after Korakuen Park in Okayama, Japan, which is one of San Jose's sister cities. In a very peaceful, relaxing setting, enjoy the unique bridges, ponds and pathways that exquisitely demonstrate the fine art of classic Japanese landscape gardening. You will always be immersed in a wide variety of colors, varying from wisteria lavenders to azalea pinks, depending on the season.
Duldzin Dragpa, a Mahayana Buddhist Center provides a casual, amiable and tranquil environment in which to learn about Buddhism. Renowned Tibetan lama Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder and Spiritual Director of the Center, established the New Kadampa Tradition, which encourages followers to transform their daily actions through the guidance of Buddha's teachings. The Center offers a wide range of courses, workshops and retreats to explore and celebrate Buddhism. Retreats are held in conjunction with other Bay Area centers in San Francisco and Berkeley and include focused meditation and instruction in specific Buddhist teachings. Check the Web site for details.
This wonderful facility is a great place to take advantage of the generally sunny weather with which San Jose is blessed. It contains the Japanese Friendship Garden, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, the San Jose Historical Museum, a huge amount of picnic tables, an amphitheater and other venues. This is a fantastic spot for wedding receptions, barbecues, family camping or other group functions. It is a diverse place, one that is great for a family day out. Admission to the park is free.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is located in East San Jose's Kelley Park, near the Japanese Friendship Garden. Happy Hollow is a perfect place to take the kids for a day out as it includes a zoo with all kinds of animals like jaguars, capybaras and monkeys. Happy Hollow is not just a zoo; it also features a park with rides like a carousel and a roller coaster, a petting zoo, shopping, and play structures. Happy Hollow also has a puppet theater, an animal hospital, and offers classes, programs and summer camps for kids.
Almaden Lake Park is where San Jose residents come to bike, hike, fish and relax their days away. Located over 65 acres, the lake is expansive enough for an endless amount of personal space, ensuring plenty of space to accommodate a wide range of activities. The park has bocce ball courts, volleyball nets and even horseshoe facilities. For those that want to be closer to the water, fishing and pedal boating are allowed. There is a concession stand open on a seasonal basis that features light snacks and refreshing beverages. For a scenic, tranquil setting and plenty of activity options, it doesn't get much better than a day at Almaden Lake Park.
This urban farm covers an impressive 47 acres (19.02 hectares). It has school tours, orchards, a barnyard, picnic areas and places to fly kites. It is a great place to bring kids, especially if they like animals as there are numerous breeds of rabbits, chickens, geese and ducks for them to befriend. The property was originally given to the city of San Jose with the intent that it be used as an agricultural learning center, and in this respect, it succeeds admirably. Admission is free.
William Street Park is a tiny little park presenting a host of leisure and entertainment options to the local. It is most famous for the dog show that it is home to: Bark in the Park. Here you get to witness dog acrobatics performed by specially trained canines, called the Agility Dogs. There are even demonstrations on how to train dogs, costume contests, awards, the list just goes on! William Street Park is an ideal place to lounge around with your family and friends.
In the heart of the Silicon Valley, San Jose is a great little town that became the epicenter of the Internet boom. It is home to Stanford University and numerous multinational corporations. The Visitor Bureau is the one-stop shop for tourists to the city and for all their information needs. It provides comprehensive information on accommodation, dining venues, entertainment options, convention centers, shopping areas and sports and recreation activities in San Jose.
SoFA or the South First Area District holds the South First Friday event where contemporary art is showcased all over the area. The district is the urban entertainment of San Jose. This important landmark prides itself with interesting places like the Bee Hive Lounge, Hooka Nite Cafe, art galleries, wine galleries and many more engaging spots to while away your time. The District is also home to the Fairmont San Jose, a luxury hotel as well as The California Theatre and the City Lights Theatre.
San Jose State University was founded in 1857 and is known for being the oldest public university on the West Coast of the United States. Their campus is located in Downtown San Jose and covers 154 acres (62.32 hectares). Among the multitude of majors offered, business, engineering and visual arts are some of the most popular with undergraduates, while engineering, library and information science and education are common choices among graduate students. The University loves to support its Spartans (especially its basketball and football teams), which are part of the Mountain West Conference in the NCAA's Division I conference.
Quetzalcoatl Statue is a Quetzal Serpent by sculptor Robert Graham. It is built entirely in bronze. A Quetzalcoatl is an ancient feathered serpent of Mexico that is an important deity of the Aztecs. It is also considered to be a god of power and is colorful like the bird 'Quetzel', hence the name. According to the Aztecs, he is supposed to have organized the original cosmos and involved in creating and destroying major world periods. An interesting structure for those with an inclination towards the Aztec school of thought and for those who simply like mythological motifs.