Travel Guide to California - - SAN JOSE & SILICON VALLEY -

» San Jose Mu­se­ums

Down­town San Jose has a wealth of cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing one of the coun­try’s top sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy mu­se­ums, The Tech Mu­seum, where some of the in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits were de­signed by Stan­ford and NASA en­gi­neers. Nearby, the San Jose Mu­seum of Art is de­voted to Cal­i­for­nia artists with paint­ings, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy and more. The San Jose Mu­seum of Quilts and Tex­tiles pro­motes the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of tex­tiles as art.

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» Val­ley Winer­ies

While dozens of winer­ies and tast­ing rooms are in the Santa Cruz Moun­tains and south of San Jose, some are lo­cated right in the val­ley, in­clud­ing Testarossa, in a 19th-cen­tury monastery that has ac­cess to park­lands for hik­ing. Three oth­ers also have ac­cess to open space for post-tast­ing walks, in­clud­ing Pic­chetti Win­ery in Cu­per­tino, Coop­er­gar­rod Es­tate Vine­yards in Saratoga and Ridge Vine­yards, founded by Stan­ford Re­search In­sti­tute en­gi­neers, in Cu­per­tino.

› san­taclarawines.com

» Stan­ford Art

Stan­ford Univer­sity’s cam­pus in­cludes the An­der­son Col­lec­tion, a pri­vate mod­ern Amer­i­can art col­lec­tion that fea­tures ma­jor works by Pol­lock, Still, Rothko and Diebenkorn, housed in a strik­ing 33,000-square­foot build­ing. Next door is the Can­tor Arts Cen­ter, which in­cludes 24 gal­leries and one of the largest col­lec­tions of Rodin bronzes out­side Paris.

› stan­ford.edu

» His­tory Park

Stretch­ing over 14 acres, San Jose’s His­tory Park con­veys the rich­ness of Santa Clara Val­ley’s long his­tory. The park fea­tures 27 orig­i­nal and re-cre­ated build­ings con­nected by run­ning trol­leys. In­cluded are the Chi­ne­seam­er­i­can Mu­seum, the Por­tuguese His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum and one of the first banks opened by A.P. Gian­nini, founder of the Bank of Amer­ica, who was born in San Jose.

› his­to­rysan­jose.org

» Com­puter His­tory Mu­seum

Tech­nol­ogy gi­ants call Sil­i­con Val­ley home and this mu­seum ex­plores their his­tory and im­pact on so­ci­ety. Large-scale ex­hibits de­scribe the cre­ation of self­driv­ing cars, and are filled with the world’s largest col­lec­tion of com­put­ing hard­ware, soft­ware, ephemera and pho­to­graphs.

› com­put­er­his­tory.org

AERIAL VIEW of San Jose, op­po­site; Pic­chetti Ranch Win­ery & Open Space Pre­serve, Cu­per­tino, above; gallery at the Iris & B. Ger­ald Can­tor Cen­ter for Vis­ual Arts at Stan­ford Univer­sity, right.

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