San Jose, the third-largest city in California and seat of Santa Clara County, is located in the northern part of the state in the Santa Clara Valley, 50 mi south of downtown San Francisco.
San Jose was founded on Nov. 29, 1777, by Spanish colonizers who named the settlement Pueblo de San Jos de Guadalupe in honor of Saint Joseph and after the Guadalupe River on which the pueblo (town) was situated. San Jose was the first city to be established in California.
After California became a U.S. territory in 1847, San Jose was the state capital from 1849 to 1852 and was incorporated as a city in 1850. It developed commercially as a supply base for gold prospectors and, when the railroad connected it with San Francisco in 1864, it became the distribution point for agricultural products from the Santa Clara Valley.
Today, the city continues to be the distribution and food-processing center for the surrounding rich agricultural region, which produces seasonal fruits and grapes. More than 50 wineries grace the valley.
San Jose is the capital of Silicon (Santa Clara) Valley, where many high-tech companies are located. The area is also one of the world's leading centers for medical treatment and research. Heart transplants, gene splicing, and transportable baby incubators were developed there.
San Jose has healthy retail, transportation, and tourism industries and is the primary center for real estate and industrial development in the area. Also, in a ranking of America's safest cities in 2011, San Jose came in at number six.
- Easy access to three major airports
- Compact, walkable Downtown
- One of the safest, cleanest big cities in America
- Diverse dining, recreation, nightlife and attractions
VISIT over 250 downtown dining and entertainment options and free downtown high-speed wireless Internet.
PLAY at 193 regional and city parks and gardens, including 60 miles of trails for the best hiking, walking and biking under the sun.
EXPERIENCE an abundance of cultural offerings and attractions including The Tech Interactive, the Winchester Mystery House, San Pedro Square Market, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art and Santana Row, San Jose’s premier shopping destination.
MEET San Jose’s 60 plus hotels which give planners a choice of meeting spaces and hotels to accommodate events of every size and budget.
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