Experience sunny Silicon Valley. San Jose is the fifth largest city in Northern California and among the safest. You can take the light-rail system to see some of the South Bay's top destinations. Enjoy San Jose Flea Market, one of the US' largest open-air markets, or catch a Sharks' NHL hockey game.
Relax in a residential community boasting the Santa Cruz Mountains as a backdrop. Stroll through the historic downtown area, admiring Victorian architecture, shops and art galleries. You're in luck if you like the outdoors. In addition to the Nature Museum of Los Gatos, there's also Vasona County Park and Lexington Reservoir -- a 960-acre park offering fishing and sailing amidst the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Enjoy a peaceful town in Silicon Valley's eastern foothills. Bargain hunters will gravitate toward the Great Mall; an outlet mall featuring top-brand stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Polo Jeans Co. and more. Head to Ed Levin Park, where you'll have 1,500 acres of land to do some hiking, fishing, hang gliding or horseback riding. For an offbeat adventure, check out the Garbage Museum.
Stay in a quaint area filled with attractions. Walk around downtown, shopping at boutiques or stopping to relax at a sidewalk café. For some culture, visit the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, the Computer History Museum or the Moffet Field Historical Museum, where you can observe World War II artifacts. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the 660-acre Shoreline at Mountain View.
Put your finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley. The entrepreneurial spirit lives on in the birthplace of Hewlett-Packard. This is also the home of Stanford University and the dazzling Stanford Theater. Visitors can enjoy globe-spanning cuisine at the area's noted restaurants or fantastic art displays, including those showcased at Rodin Sculpture Garden and the Cantor Center for Visual Arts.
Take a road trip along Highway 17 to Santa Cruz. The approximately 35-mile ride is full of thrilling twists and turns. Once there, you'll enjoy a seaside town with a bustling boardwalk, complete with an amusement park and vintage wooden rollercoaster. Hit the beach for some surf or head downtown, where you'll find shops, galleries, sidewalk musicians and cafes.