History

The fabled and legendary garage where William Hewlett and David Packard developed the radio oscillator in 1938 still stands in nearby Palo Alto.
The inception and legacy of the United States’ first radio station as well as the world’s first global radio communication system is scattered among local monuments, archives and at Stanford University.

Art & Culture

As a long-time magnate for the best and brightest international technology pioneers, San José offers
a corresponding and eclectic mix of museums, galleries, micro-breweries, cafés and lounges. Fine examples of Victorian and Art Deco buildings dot historic neighbourhoods. Noteworthy 20th century West Coast art fills museums and local architectural history abounds.

Landmarks

The Circle of Palms Plaza remembers San José as California’s first state capital while the state’s oldest public space is named after civil rights leader, Césár E. Chávez. Green spaces like Stanford University and Villa Montalvo Arborata or Hakone and Japanese Friendship gardens run up and down the urban valley landscape.

Surrounds

The southern tip of San Francisco’s cold Pacific bay touches San José’s north. The visible Santa Cruz Mountains stretch along the peninsula. World-class white wine vineyards are not far and the coastal driving vistas are among the country’s best. Ancient stands of towering Redwoods line Big Basin State Park among other nature reserves.


Destination

Silicon Valley corresponds roughly to the geographical region of the Santa Clara Valley in Northern California and has become a synonym for entrepreneurial high-tech and the subsequent start-up ventures that have propelled the United States’ economy for decades. One city in the valley alone, San José, has the third highest GDP for a city in the world.

Silicon refers to a key ingredient in microprocessor production that made computers available to consumers. But innovation has been at home in the valley for much longer. The first ship-to-shore telegraph was sent to San Francisco in 1899, early inventors have gathered here for inspiration and United States military scientists and researchers have bases there to stay in close symbiosis with new ideas in the public sector.