Old and New San Jose, the Heart of Silicon Valley
Welcome to this tour of downtown San Jose presented by Insight Guides. My name is Katherine and I'll be your guide. This tour will take around 90 minutes, excluding time spent at any attractions along the way.
You can stop at any time and start again at the same spot later. You can follow the route on your phone or simply listen as I guide you from one sight to the next. I’ll be giving you clear directions and the audio will automatically start playing when you get close to the next sight on the tour. Don’t worry if you need to skip a sight as the tour will pick up at the next location. One more thing before we get started – always be aware of your surroundings and be sure to obey all traffic signals.
Listen and follow along as I guide you around this picturesque area dotted with fountains and palm trees, that is world-renowned for the innovations and contributions of Silicon Valley. San Jose’s climate is also something to boast about, with an average of 300 sunny days per year. Plus, it has been recognized by Forbes as the “Happiest City in America" and ranked number one “Healthiest City in the US” by Self and Prevention Magazines. What’s not to love?
A city of immigrants, with 39 percent of residents born outside of the United States and more than 50 languages spoken, San Jose has a colorful history dating back to 1777. It was the site of California’s first state capitol. Long before becoming a hotbed of technology, the area’s economy thrived as an agricultural center, with 39 canneries – the largest fruit production and packing region in the world.
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