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Downtown San Jose

Downtown San Jose is the central business district of San Jose, California, and it is the largest urban center of Silicon Valley. The town was first settled in 1777 and has gone through an era of development since then, evolving as a modern environment and becoming one of the biggest tech hubs in Silicon Valley. It has grown into a lively urban community with plenty of options to see and do.

Many of the 19th-century buildings in central downtown appear on the National Register of Historic Places, in particular the area surrounding St. James Park, such as Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The housing from the early 20th century includes Victorian homes along with a California Bungalow architecture in the neighborhoods that surround the downtown core. Downtown is home to important landmarks like the Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Repertory Theater, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Fairmont Hotel, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Also, there are important public areas such as Plaza de César Chávez and San Pedro Square, where you will find live music and different types of cuisine like Italian, Chinese and Australian.


Since downtown is a major tech cluster in Silicon Valley, companies like Adobe, Amazon Lab 126 and Google are here. The Bay Area's largest organization, the Mercury News is headquartered on St. James Park. Downtown San Jose is also home to different hotels and hospitality services like Marriot, Sheraton, Hilton and The Westin.

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