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San Jose is known as the heart of Silicon Valley, and the technology industry is a major component of the city. As the third-largest city in California, it is a culturally diverse area with scenic views and affluent neighborhoods. Visitors will find a variety of family-friendly activities in San Jose that range from hiking trails to shopping centers.

Must see in San Jose 
Santana Row is a top tourist attraction in San Jose and offers a diverse mix of stores, restaurants and entertainment. A visit to San Jose is not complete without a stop at the Winchester Mystery House that is famous for its paranormal aspects. You also do not want to miss the Tech Museum of Innovation that offers hands-on activities perfect for children.

Where to stay in San Jose
Travelers with children may want to stay in the downtown area because it is densely packed and easy to navigate. Downtown San Jose has the San Jose Museum of Art, Tech Museum of Innovation, Children's Discovery Museum and other fun activities for children. Younger travelers looking for nightlife activities may want to stay in the Santana Row hotels because of the close proximity to clubs, bars, restaurants and shops. Visitors who are looking for the cheapest and best deals may want to stay in the hotels near the Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Best and worst time to go to San Jose
June, July and August are some of the worst times to visit San Jose because of the scorching temperatures, almost nonexistent rainfall and frequent grass fires. April and May are some of the best times to visit San Jose because of the spring vegetation being in bloom.

Where to get lost in San Jose
If you are looking for a neighborhood to get lost in, then you may want to visit Japantown in San Jose. In addition to the famous farmer's market, Japantown has unique restaurants, boutiques, shops, spas and salons. This neighborhood also has frequent festivals and cultural events. You do not want to miss the Gombei Japanese Restaurant because it offers authentic Asian cuisine and daily specials.

The best deal in San Jose
The Almaden Quicksilver County Park has free admission and is a fun destination for families with children. In addition to allowing visitors to explore old mines and mining equipment, it offers multiple hiking trails and picnic grounds.

Transportation in San Jose
The Light Rail system is one of the most popular modes of transportation in San Jose. VTA buses offer another cheap alternative for travelers, and the DASH Downtown Area Shuttle is a free service.

Getting in from Mineta San Jose International Airport 
The Mineta San Jose International Airport is only 2 miles from downtown San Jose, and you can use taxis, rental cars or shuttles to reach the city. In addition, the VTA buses are another option.

Local tip for visitors to San Jose 
If you are visiting San Jose in June, then you want to participate in Restaurant Week. This event gives visitors and locals the chance to try discount three-course dinners at the finest restaurants.

Author's bio: Lana Bandoim is a freelance writer and editor. Her work has been published on websites ranging from Examiner to Technorati.