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Flying into Beautiful San Jose
In 1968, singer Dionne Warwick released her hit "Do You Know The Way To San José?" It turns out many people have definitely found the way, as it is the third largest city in California and the 10th largest city in the United States.
San José residents enjoy 300 days of sunshine each year with an average annual temperature of 70 degrees that makes it a great travel destination all year-long. The San José area is home to the largest concentration of technology specialists in the world with more than 6,600 technology companies including Cisco Systems, IBM, and eBay. Nestled among so much technology, it is only fitting that San José has gained the nickname "Capital of Silicon Valley".
Finding Cheap Flights to San José
The Mineta San José International Airport is only two miles from downtown San José and is serviced by Southwest Airlines*, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and United Airlines. Depending on your departure city, cheaper flights may be found at San Francisco International airport only 35 miles to the northeast and Oakland International Airport 35 miles to the north.
Transportation to/from the Airports
All three airports offer a variety of transportation options including taxis, shuttles, buses, and rental cars. Mineta San José International Airport leaves the shortest distance to travel to your final destination since it is only a few miles away from the city, while San Francisco and Oakland are at least one hour away by car without traffic.
In and Around San José
Downtown San José is pedestrian-friendly and features a mix of offices, shopping, hotels, restaurants, a convention center, and the SoFA (South First Area) nightclub district. It also includes a nice choice of theaters, art galleries, and museums that offer events throughout the year.
You don't want to miss out on the assortment of activities outside downtown San José and a car is the generally the most convenient mode of transportation since the area is fairly spread out. A variety of parks offer hikes for nature enthusiasts including Alum Rock Park, which is also the oldest municipal park in California. Adrenaline junkies can check out the rollercoasters at California's Great America in nearby Santa Clara or Lake Cunningham Region Skate Park - the largest skate park in California where you can find the world’s largest cradle.