San Jose, California, is a city of tech and culture.
Surrounded on three sides by glorious mountains, the nation’s 10th largest city knows how to inspire meetings and incentives attendees with top-notch facilities and a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. Here are 5 fun surprises to consider.
A City of Firsts
In 1777, San Jose became the first settlement in the California territory, and for a time, served as the state’s first capital. From electric streetcars to computers, this city has always forged the trends of the future. Home to many of Silicon Valley’s leading innovators, San Jose has a vibrancy and campus-like milieu that continues to foster innovative thinking.
A World of Experiences
Not surprisingly, this city attracts people from around the globe. Its Japantown is one of only three in the US. Attendees can also sample authentic cuisine in the ambiance of diverse neighborhoods including Little Italy, Little Saigon, and the chic Mediterranean-flavored elegance of Santana Row.
In 2016, San Jose took top spot in a study ranking “future-ready” cities by Dell. A leader in eco-friendly, tech-savvy living, its future-oriented spirit is evident in everything from the San Jose McEnery Convention Center to the team building and mind-opening activities available throughout the city and its awe-inspiring natural environs.
From architecture and art museums to murals painted by local and visiting artists, this city embraces creativity, helping to spark new ways of viewing the world. The “Own the City” branding program invites planners to get creative too, helping them set up branding signage, including on more than 450 street poles.
A Hub for Exploration
Downtown San Jose is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco (36 miles from SFO) and 3.9 miles from San Jose International Airport (SJC). Active adventurers can kayak in along the bayside in North San Jose, zip line through the redwood tree canopy around nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park and go behind-the-scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and National Marine Sanctuary, both a short drive away. No wonder San Jose has placed as a top 50 US meeting destination for Cvent for 6 years in a row.