Putting together an itinerary for seeing all the best sights this vacation? Perhaps you've got a few hours to kill between business meetings, and want to know the best stuff to see. Either way, our 10Best list should have you covered. While there are always great things to experience, there are typically things you wish you would have passed on as well. Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph located in the Downtown area is among our top picks for sightseeing in San Jose.

Mexican Heritage Plaza


This is one of the states largest multipurpose centers dedicated to the furthering of Latino culture. The Mexican Heritage Plaza contains beautiful thematic gardens, a Pavilion area, a 500-seat theatre, a 4000-foot exhibition space called La...  Read More

Peralta Adobe


Dating back to the late 18th century, Peralta Adobe is the only vestige of the original El Pueblo de San José, one of the state's earliest Spanish settlements. Inside, the pueblo is furnished in much the same fashion as it was 200 years ago,...  Read More



This multi-domed basilica dates to the 1870s, although it's actually the fifth incarnation of the church. Furthermore, the cathedral basilica stands on the former site of the city's first church, St. Joseph Church, an adobe structure dating to...  Read More

California's Great America


California's Great America, located just north of San Jose, offers some of the best family-oriented fun in the South Bay area. The park is a great place to spend an afternoon, and you'll find a wide range of entertainment from rides and play...  Read More



Kelley Park, a 160-plus acre public park, offers an excellent break from the traffic and noise of downtown San Jose. This picnicker's paradise includes several ponds, the idyllic Japanese Friendship Garden, and several lawn areas. San Jose's...  Read More



Guadalupe River Park and Gardens is a 150-acre natural haven in the heart of San Jose. In addition to being a refuge for migratory and song birds, the three-mile long riverside park offers 2½ miles of scenic walks and jogging trails. Located...  Read More



In the heart of San Jose, nestled between Taylor and Spring Streets, is this five-acre rose garden. Dedicated in 1995, it's maintained by volunteers and features more than 5,000 rose bushes and 3700 varieties. If you're looking for a peaceful...  Read More

Drop Zone


The "Drop Zone" is one of Great America's most popular attractions. This thrilling ride gives you all of four seconds to take in the view of the surrounding valley before dropping you over 200 feet at speeds that are in excess of 60 miles per...  Read More



Sarah Winchester, heiress of the famous rifle family, began this Victorian mansion in 1884. She firmly believed that, if construction ever stopped on her home, spirits would harm her, so she had carpenters work on the house for the rest of her...  Read More