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San Jose Information


Population: 894,943

Elevation: 87 feet above sea level

Land Area: 174.9 square miles

Location: Located in the northwest section of California, San Jose is the gateway to the Bay area: It is 45 minutes south of San Francisco and 70 minutes north of Monterrey

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it's noon in San Jose, it's 2pm in Chicago and 3pm in New York City). San Jose observes Daylight Savings Time from April - October

Local Seasons:

With 300 sunny days per year and an average annual temperature of 70 degrees F, San Jose is alive with activity year round. The summer tends to be the busiest season as tourists from around the world come to visit the entire area, enjoying its wonderful scenery, weather, entertainment and attractions. Summer daytime temperatures reach into the mid 80's F but with very little humidity it's quite comfortable. Perfect for taking advantage of the many outdoor activities available. In the evening, the temperature drops into the 50's, just cool enough for a leisurely stroll after dinner at one of the areas fine restaurants. Spring and fall are pleasant, although cooler, as well. Spring brings the average temperature to about 60 F and fall is slightly higher. Although there is a winter season, the daytime temperatures rarely fall below 60 F, making it an ideal time to take advantage of the beautiful scenery. One thing to keep in mind when visiting this California city is that "California Casual" is the dress code for daytime and most evening outings. From November until spring, a light sweater is advisable during the day and a light jacket for the evenings. It's the perfect setting for a perfect visit.

How to Get There:

By Air

San Jose International Airport - Norman Y Mineta

408-501-7600

Conveniently located only three miles from downtown San Jose, the airport is served by many of the national and internationally recognized airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Rental car companies, limousine service, taxis, light rail, bus, and shuttle services are available at the airport as well as throughout the city

By Car

Easily accessible from the north via Highway 101 (San Francisco) or I-880 (Oakland) or from the south via I-880, San Jose is easy to find.

By Train

Amtrak

65 Cahill Street
San Jose, CA 95110

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

70 S Almaden Ave.
San Jose, CA 95113

408-295-4151

How to Get Around:

As with most California cities, the best way to get around is by car, either personal or rental. Getting to and around by car is effortless via four major freeways (Highway 101, Interstate 280, 880 and 680). In addition there is a modern public transportation system. Caltrain, light rail and a fleet of buses navigate throughout San Josť and into neighboring cities, and reasonably priced rental cars and taxi services are also available.

National Holidays:

New Year's Day- Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day- 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President's Day- 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day- last Mon. in May

Independence Day- July 4

Labor Day- 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day- 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day- Dec. 24 and 25

New Year's Eve- Dec. 31