Former state capital and the first official city in California, San Jose plays an important role in American history. Be sure to pay a visit to San Jose's charming Downtown Historic District. The area's buildings feature a diverse range of architectural styles, including some Neoclassical and Spanish Colonial Revival works. The block known as "El Paseo" is a popular destination for shopping and dining. One of the city's major attractions is Silicon Valley, located just a 20-minute drive outside of San Jose's city centre. Silicon Valley is the home to Google, Apple, eBay and more giants of the tech world. Whilst you are there be sure to check out the Tech Museum of Innovation and the headquarters of these renowned global organisations. Back in the city centre of San Jose be sure to check out the Winchester Mystery House. Sprawled across four acres of land, this house has a chilling story behind its construction that will make you eager to explore the mansion. While in San Jose, you may also want to tour the Egyptian Museum. The centrepiece of Rosicrucian Park in downtown San Jose, the Egyptian Museum houses mummies as well as an ancient subterranean tomb. Before venturing out, spend some time at the Overfelt Gardens, a beautiful stretch of parkland, only a ten-minute drive east of San Jose. The park is made up of a number of winding paths that curve around its three lakes and many beds of gorgeous native flowers. Don't miss the remarkable Chinese Cultural Garden in the park's south-east corner.
San Francisco is located just a one hour drive north of San Jose (allow extra time during rush hour). Visit this iconic American city and, if there's time, the city of Oakland in the East Bay. While in Northern California, you may also want to visit Palo Alto, home of Stanford University, the Napa Valley wine region or the beautiful town of Santa Clara. Driving about 45 minutes south west of San Jose, you'll arrive in Santa Cruz, an eclectic beach town with a coastal theme park. Whatever you choose, Northern California is a perfect holiday destination.
Our car hire suppliers in San Jose include Alamo, Budget, Hertz and Avis.
Our suppliers are conveniently located at the San Jose International Airport. Additionally, there are a number of depots located throughout the city. Enter your information in the search form to find the location and price that best fit your needs.
Downtown San Jose offers both metered parking and private parking. On average the price of meter parking is US$1 per 20 mins. The private car parks offer parking for a flat rate of between $5-7 USD a day and a special evening rate of US$5-6 on entry after 6 pm. Although most of the private car parks are open 24 hours, be sure to check the opening hours before you park, as some may have closing hours.
If you're travelling outside of the city, you are likely to encounter toll roads. Tolls in the US can vary greatly, from less than $1 to upwards of $10. If possible, research your route beforehand and carry cash. Change is usually available through tellers at toll booths. Occasionally, you will need coins in various denominations for unmanned booths.
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