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San Jose is the third largest city in California, the tenth-largest in the United States, and the county seat of Santa Clara County. San Jose is the largest city in the Silicon Valley, which is an important component of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It is the largest city in Northern California.

San Jose, like most of the Bay Area, has a subtropical Mediterranean climate. San Jose has 300 days of sunshine and an average daily temperature of 23 ° C annually.

Visit the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, one of the largest museums of its kind in the nation, CDM has 150 interactive exhibits that invite visitors to explore, understand and enjoy the world in which they live.

HP Pavilion at San Jose, formerly known as Compaq Center at San Jose and San Jose Arena is an indoor arena. The arena is also commonly called The Shark Tank or The Tank, both of which come from its primary tenant, the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League.

HP Pavilion hosts an average of 190 events a year, including many non-sporting events. In 2006, selling HP Pavilion most tickets to non-sporting events of any place in the western United States, and the fourth highest total in the world, after Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto .

Plaza de César Chávez is a 9,000 acre park in downtown San Jose. The park is surrounded by South Market Street, The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose Museum of Art, Circle of Palms Plaza and the Fairmont San Jose Hotel. At the south end is the statue "Floral Serpent" by Robert Graham. On the season, the park hosts live music, cultural festivals, arts and crafts fairs, food fairs, the city's official Christmas tree standing there, water fountains, and outdoor theater. There are free concerts in the park every Thursday during the summer, San Jose Jazz Festival has main stage in the park, and every winter from Thanksgiving to New Year's, the park is transformed into "Christmas in the Park".
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