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    San José – a brief overview

    With a population of almost a million, San José is the largest city in the Bay Area, ahead of its famous sister San Francisco. Up until the 1960s, the region in Santa Clara Valley subsisted largely from fruit farming, but under the name ‘Silicon Valley’ it became renowned as the hub of the American electronic and computer industry. This is where major companies in the industry like Apple, Google, and Adobe have their headquarters. The research centres in Stanford, Palo Alto and Menlo Park have also contributed their part to the legend of the valley.

    Until now, South Bay hasn’t been well known as a travel destination, although it certainly has its appeal.

    The cities of San José and Santa Clara are shaped by the wealth brought by the IT industry. They have top-class art and technology museums, pristine inner city areas and parks, and a highly efficient infrastructure. The hills that rise around them are home to wineries and golf courses. The Santa Cruz Mountains offer challenges for climbers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts, for instance in Castle Rock State Park, or provide a unique experience of nature in places like Henry Coe State Park, the home of mountain lions and badgers.

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    The Lick Observatory is operated by the University of California. Not only the telescope is worth the drive up Mount Hamilton - also the view of the surrounding countryside is fantastic
    The Lick Observatory is operated by the University of California. Not only the telescope is worth the drive up Mount Hamilton - also the view of the surrounding countryside is fantastic

    Mountain Winery

    14831 Pierce Road

    95070 Saratoga
    
USA

    Tel: +1 408 741 2822
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    Open (for wine tastings):
    Thu 1200–1700
    Fri, Sat, Sun 1200–1800

    There are some wonderful vineyards to be found between San José and the Pacific Coast, mostly near Saratoga. The Mountain Winery is one of them. Winegrower Paul Masson, who was born and learned his craft in Burgundy, France, enjoyed great success with his still and sparkling wines until the first earthquake of 1906 struck; then when the Prohibition came along, it almost ruined the vineyard. It was not until the 1940s that the winery’s fortunes improved under a new proprietor. The main building today houses a first-class restaurant with a magnificent view. A visit is especially worthwhile in the summer, when the winery hosts concerts, some featuring international artists (for the current program, visit the Mountain Winery website).

    Children’s Discovery Museum

    180 Woz Way
    95110 San José
    USA
    Tel: +1 408 298 5437
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    Opening times:
    Tue–Sat 10am–5pm
    Sun 12pm–5pm

    This interactive museum is aimed largely at families with small children. It allows visitors to become artistically involved or to explore the fascinating world of giant bubbles. There is a role-play market, and outside there is a full-size mammoth skeleton, a museum garden, and plenty of opportunities to play, including for children under four.

    Winchester Mystery House

    525 South Winchester Boulevard
    95128 San José
    USA
    Tel: +1 408 247 2101
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    Opening times:
    Daily 9am–5pm

    Construction work on the Villa of Sarah Winchester, heiress to the fortune of the renowned guns manufacturer, continued uninterrupted for 40 years. The house ultimately consisted of 160 rooms, 13 bathrooms and six kitchens, as well as a labyrinth of stairs and doors leading nowhere. Theories abound over the reasons for Winchester’s building mania. One of them is that she feared being haunted in her sleep by the ghosts of those shot by Winchester guns – so every night she retired to a different room so they couldn’t find her. Guided tours will take you through the house and park.

    Rosicrucian Park

    1660 Park Avenue
    95191 San José
    USA
    Tel: +1 408 947 3635
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    Opening times:
    Egyptian Museum:
    Wed–Fri 9am–5pm
    Sat–Sun 10am–6pm

    The Park of the Rosicrucian order was conceived in 1927 and takes up the area of an entire city block in the Rose Garden district. It includes the charming Peace Garden and labyrinth, a research library, a planetarium and the Egyptian Museum. Its extensive exhibition of Egyptian artefacts includes objects from the ancient Egyptian, Islamic, Assyrian and Babylonian periods. The same building houses the Alchemy Exhibit.

    Computer History Museum

    1401 North Shoreline Boulevard
    94043 Mountain View
    USA
    Tel: +1 650 810 1010
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    Opening times:
    Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 10am–5pm
    Fri 10am–9pm

    The museum of computer technology lies around 20 minutes by car north of San José in Mountain View, at the heart of Silicon Valley. Displayed in chronological order are exhibits from various areas of IT, including data storage, the evolution of the Internet and computer games, and self-driving cars. The demo labs show the forebears of the PC and its applications: the IBM 1401 and the PDP-1 from 1959 with the legendary SpaceWar! game.

    Lick Observatory

    7281 Mount Hamilton Road
    95140 Mount Hamilton
    USA
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    Opening times:
    Thu–Sun 12pm–5pm

    You will need to allow at least an hour to drive the 40 kilometres from San José up to the summit of Mount Hamilton, as the last stretch of road is steep and winding. But it is worth the effort, because the view of the hills and valleys is spectacular. Access to the observatory itself is limited to scientists, but the Great Lick Refractor (telescope) is open for public viewing.

    Peralta Adobe – Fallon House Historic Site

    175 West Saint John Street
    95112 San José
    USA
    Tel: +1 408 287 2290
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    Opening times:
    Mon–Fri 12pm–5pm
    Sat, Sun 11am–5pm
    (times may vary depending on special functions)

    An adobe is a mud-brick construction as was common in the Middle East, South America or California. The Luís María Peralta adobe from 1797, located today alongside San Pedro Market, is the last remaining building of the old town of El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. The interior has been reconstructed as it originally once was. The house is open for viewing, as is Fallon House, a Victorian-style mayor’s villa from 1858, which stands across the street.

    San José Museum of Art

    110 South Market Street
    95110 San José
    USA
    Tel: +1 408 271 6840
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    Opening times:
    Tue–Sun 11am–5pm

    Originally built as a post office in 1892, this building and the new wing built in 1991 now house the art museum. The collection of 2,400 works focuses on post-1980 paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs of the West Coast. The revolving exhibitions usually display contemporary art.

    San José Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

    560 South First Street
    95113 San José
    USA
    Tel: +1 408 283 8155
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    Opening times:
    Tue–Fri 10am–5pm
    Sat, Sun 12pm–5pm
    Every first Friday of the month: 10am–10pm

    This energetic art space in San José’s arts and entertainment district South First Area (SoFA) is a meeting place and exhibition space in one. It has three galleries exhibiting paintings, films and performances by contemporary artists. Visitors are offered information and interpretation guides for their stroll through the exhibitions. Entry is free, and original artworks are available for purchase.

    Mount Hermon Canopy Tours (treetop tours)

    17 Conference Drive
    95018 Felton
    USA
    Tel: +1 831 430 4357
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    Opening times:
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 9am–5pm
    Sat, Sun 9am–6pm

    In the wonderful Redwood forests about 10 kilometres outside Santa Cruz, you can whoosh through the treetops along zip rails of up to 400 metres in length and 20 metres in height or go on venturous walks in the gigantic sequoia trees on wooden sky bridges. Only in guided tours for people aged ten and over. Advance booking via the website or by phone is required.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.

    Geography

    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Key facts

    Population: 321,2 millions

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).

    Currency

    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 18. January 2016
    Presidents’ Day: 15. February 2016
    Memorial Day: 30. May 2016
    Independence Day: 04. July 2016
    Labour Day: 05. September 2016
    Columbus Day: 10. October 2016
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2016
    Thanksgiving Day: 24. November 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 16. January 2017
    Presidents’ Day: 15. February 2017
    Memorial Day: 29. May 2017
    Independence Day: 04. July 2017
    Labour Day: 04. September 2017
    Columbus Day: 09. October 2017
    Veterans’ Day: 10. November 2017
    Thanksgiving Day: 23. November 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

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    Nightlife in San José

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    People from all over the world work in Silicon Valley, and every nation seems to have brought its own party and drinking habits with it. You will find pubs, cantinas, sake bars and ‘Bierhauses’, along with wine bars where you can try local wines. Best is if you start the evening either at San Pedro Square, where you will find a range of good restaurants and quiet bars, or around South First Street, in the area known as SoFA (South First Area).

    This is where the trendy, young folk get together in clubs and bars to go dancing and partying. A particular favourite are the South First Fridays, held every first Friday of the month, when the entire district opens its bars, pubs and galleries to entertain the night revellers with concerts, performances and exhibitions.

    Agenda Lounge

    399 South First Street
    95113 San José
    USA
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    This lounge club is an institution in the SoFA district. There is a restaurant on the ground floor, and above is the club. Every evening there is dancing to a diverse range of music. They play everything from reggae and jazz to hip-hop and salsa.

    Hedley Club

    233 West Santa Clara Street

    95113 San José
    
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    This bar in the Hotel de Anza serves first-class cocktails and wines, as well as fine, Mediterranean-style entrées. Jazz concerts are often held in its comfortable art déco interior.

    SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant

    72 North Alamaden Avenue
    95110 San José
    USA
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    This bar-restaurant stands a little hidden away near San Pedro Square Market. This is where hipsters meet for a top-class, bistro-cuisine snack and a cocktail at the bar. The venue is a particular favourite when the weather is fine, as it has a comfortably furnished patio.

    California Theatre

    345 South First Street
    95113 San José
    USA
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    This elegant film palace dating from the late 1920s seats over 1,000 guests. It has been beautifully renovated and now serves as a magnificent concert and function hall with modern sound and stage equipment. This is the headquarters of the San José opera and the Silicon Valley symphony orchestra.

    Studio 8

    8 South First Street
    95113 San José
    USA
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    This is one of the biggest nightclubs in the Bay Area, able to host 1,500 patrons. Celebrities and DJs who can also be seen in Los Angeles or Las Vegas perform here. If the hustle and bustle in the club is too much, you can hire a VIP cabana, a small, separate area only for invited guests.

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    Restaurants in San José

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    From 3-star restaurants to quaint snack bars, there is ample opportunity to eat out in and around San José. There are restaurants offering typical cuisine from all around the world and of course the typical fusion style of California cuisine.

    If you simply want to be inspired by what’s on offer, start off, for instance, at SoFA Market, a gourmet temple with over 10 food venues and delicatessens, or at San Pedro Square, where you will also find a whole array of good restaurants.

    Manresa

    320 Village Lane
    95030 Los Gatos
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    This elegant venue, located about 15 kilometres south of downtown San José on the road to Santa Cruz, was awarded three Michelin stars in 2016. Every evening, chef David Kinch conjures up a surprise menu. You only discover what delights it holds once you are seated at the table. Kinch is regarded as a representative of the farm-to-table ethic, the art of transforming regional ingredients into exquisite meals.

    Chez TJ

    938 Villa Street
    94041 Mountain View
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Chef Jarad Gallagher serves modern French cuisine in a Victorian-style villa in Mountain View. Every day, there are two degustation menus, one with 7 and one with 14 courses. The complementing wines are mostly sourced from small wineries in the region.

    Vung Tau

    535 East Santa Clara Avenue
    95112 San José
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    For over 30 years now, Vung Tau has been one of the top addresses for Vietnamese food in San José. With its ingenious room layout, you can always enjoy quiet dining, even though the venue seats over 150. Lunchtime sees mostly business people, evenings mostly families. The proprietors also operate other Vung Tau restaurants in Milpitas and Newark, as well as the exquisite Tamarine in Palo Alto.

    Smoking Pig BBQ

    1144 North 4th Street
    95112 San José
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    The scent of smoke leads the way to this extraordinarily good grill restaurant. They serve tender, juicy grilled meat with tasty side dishes here. The delicious meals and friendly service even reaped praise in the Guide Michelin.

    Psycho Donuts

    288 South Second Street
    95113 San José
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    In this quirky café in downtown San José, all sorts of possible and impossible things are made into donuts. Not just sweet things, but also pizza, tacos, and sushi are served as Spare Tire donuts or Mello Submarines by the service staff, who are dressed as psychiatric nurses. There is a second outlet in downtown Campbell.

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    San José 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

    July 4, 2016

    Venue: Discovery Meadow, Woz Way

    Independence Day is also a huge celebration in San José. A big parade is held on The Alameda in the Rose Garden neighborhood during the day. In the evening, the Rotary Club traditionally holds a spectacular fireworks display on Discovery Meadow, behind the Children’s Museum. Admission is free.

    Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival

    September 17-18, 2016
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    Venue: Santa Clara Central Park

    On the Los Gatos road some 10 kilometers south of downtown San José, this little art and wine festival gives regional winegrowers and small breweries an opportunity to promote their products. With an entertainment program to suit all ages, it’s also very much a family event.

    Cinequest Film Festival

    February 28 – March 12, 2017
    Website

    Venues: The California Theatre and others

    This festival fits perfectly with Silicon Valley because it brings creative and technical innovators together. New, technologically trailblazing movie productions are screened here and awards presented for best actors, best technicians, and others. Some 100,000 visitors and 700 guests from all over the globe are expected to attend.

    FanimeCon

    May 27-30, 2017
    Website

    Venue: San José Convention Center

    FanimeCon attracts some 25,000 visitors, making it one of the largest anime conventions in the USA. “By Fans for Fans” is the motto of this celebration of Japanese pop art, where fans can look forward to costume contests, video games and movies.

    SubZero

    June 3-4, 2017
    Website

    Venue: South First Street, between San Carlos and Reed Street.

    The organizers of the monthly South First Friday self-guided art walk offer fans even more this weekend with the annual SubZero indie street festival in San José’s SoFA district, when musicians and actors turn the streets from San Carlos to Reed Street into their stage. Sales and food stalls will also be set up.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in San José

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    Most hotels in San José tailor their services to business people. Almost all of them offer fast Wi-Fi Internet access, conference rooms, and other conveniences such as dry cleaning of suits and a shoeshine service.

    But of course the prices are to match. However, they frequently offer special rates at the weekend.

    Fairmont Hotel

    170 South Market Street
    95113 San José
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    This hotel in the Fairmont luxury hotel chain is ideally located on the Plaza César Chávez. With over 800 rooms and suites, it offers every comfort you can imagine, and the hotel restaurant Fountain fulfils discerning wishes. They also host conferences and receptions.

    Hotel de Anza

    233 West Santa Clara Street
    95113 San José
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    This boutique hotel marries classical art déco elegance with modern comfort. Completely renovated in 2015, the rooms and hotel furnishings present themselves in fresh splendour. From the hotel, it is only a few minutes’ walk to the SAP Center and the San José Convention Center, as well as many restaurants and shopping facilities.

    The Westin San José

    302 South Market Street
    95113 San José
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    This charming traditional hotel is located in an elegantly renovated building in the style of 1920s Spanish Revival Renaissance. The luxurious rooms of varying sizes have all been lovingly fitted out. A nice extra is that guests can borrow sporting gear to go jogging or to work out in the hotel’s fitness room.

    Wyndham Garden Hotel

    1355 North 4th Street
    95112 San José
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    This 195-room hotel is conveniently located close to the airport and highways 101 and 880. The two-storey buildings are arranged around a large courtyard on park-like grounds. There is an outdoor pool and a putting green available for guests.

    Motel 6 San José Airport

    2081 North 1st Street
    95131 San José
    USA
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    Category: Cheap

    This simple motel lies in direct proximity to the airport and Karina light-rail station. You can get to downtown San José, the Convention Center and Santa Clara from here. Free parking is available for guests.

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    Climate & best time to visit the Bay Area

    The Bay Area is at its best from mid-April to mid-June and also in September and October, when the days are sunny but seldom really hot thanks to the cool breeze that blows in off the Pacific, keeping temperatures pleasant. At the height of summer, when the hot air masses from the Sierra Nevada meet the cool air masses from the Pacific, a fresh summer mist frequently shrouds San Francisco Bay, but rarely lingers.

    Climate & best time to visit the United States of America

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1

    Telephone

    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.

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    Shopping in San José

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    Key Areas

    There is a range of interesting fashion boutiques in the historic district around South First Street, East San Fernando Street and East Santa Clara Street. The shops in the numerous museums offer valuable and unusual items. In the SoFA (South First Area) district there are many galleries which offer works mostly by artists from the region, and along Paseo de San Antonio there are a number of quaint little shops. The San José Market Center on Coleman Avenue is always worth a detour, because you can find quirky gifts and delicacies. If you love taking a stroll along a pleasant shopping street, you should consider an outing to Los Gatos – you can amble along attractive Santa Cruz Avenue and window-shop.

    Markets

    A number of farmers’ markets take place in and around San José, including Blossom Hill Market (Santa Teresa Boulevard, corner of Highway 85/87, Sundays 9am–1.30pm), the Downtown San José Farmers’ Market (1 North San Pedro Street, Fridays 10am–2pm), and the East Santa Clara St. Farmers’ Market (North 14th Street, Wednesdays 4pm–8pm). Some markets only take place in summer. More information is available on the website of the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (pcfm.org).

    Shopping Centres

    There are a number of elegant, large shopping malls in San José. The Santana Row Mall (377 Santana Row, santanarow.com) is one of the most luxurious. You can buy clothing and accessories in almost every price category here, and it houses a number of spa and beauty salons. There is also a hotel, some apartments, and a range of cafés and restaurants. The Westfield Valley Fair right next door (2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard, westfield.com) is a mall for sophisticated tastes, with almost 200 businesses including fashion stores and exclusive boutiques, as well as elegant restaurants.

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    My San José

    The Vegetarian House, a stone’s throw away from the Tech Museum of Innovation and the San José State University, offers vegetarians, vegans and everyone else who would simply like to try it the opportunity to tuck into a tasty meal even if it doesn’t include a steak or a burger. Asian, Arabian, European or fusion fare – there’s something here to suit every palate. And with a bit of luck, you might even catch one of the guests taking up the owner’s invitation to sit down at the grand piano and play his favorite song.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness), H1N1 and the plague have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness. There have been rare cases of rabies, but special precautions are not necessary. 

    Another concern with regard to safety is the ubiquity of firearms, which remains a contentious issue in the United States. Terrorism also poses a small risk, although city, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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