San Francisco to San Jose: Museums & Parks – Road.Travel

San Francisco to San Jose: Museums & Parks

Road Trip Route. Enjoy an exciting tour of diverse arts, Step into history of scientific and technological progress and discover its prospects, Visit the extremely beautiful city gardens and parks.

The United States of America is a country known not only for its incredible natural wonders and great amusement parks, today this country is the cradle of world science and culture. The trip is perfect to see it for yourself. The trip begins in the one of the gold rush cities, San Francisco, which is not only a main financial and industrial center, but also a tourist pearl of the west coast. Visit the most interesting cultural and scientific museums here, and dedicate time to the famous symbol of this city. Then go to a city located in the very center of Silicon Valley, San Jose. This is a real center for the development of world information technologies, such giants of the computer industry as IBM, Adobe and others are located here. Devote time to both science and art. The program also includes visits to the picturesque natural attractions of the city.

Families with Kids, History and Culture. From: San Francisco

Alexandr Kosar. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Arrival

We've just arrived in the capital city of global technical progress, San Francisco. Get ready for plenty of interesting impressions and positive emotions, and make all the necessary preparations today.

Pizzeria Delfina

A distinctive feature of the Pizzeria Delfina restaurant is that the food here is prepared exclusively from farm ingredients. Fresh vegetables and meat from nearby farms are supplied there daily. The main category of dishes on the menu is pizza, although one cannot but mention a pretty good selection of salads, snacks and drinks. Many visitors find the Neapolitan pizza great, the carbonara pizza is also very tasty.

Day 2: Cultural Life of San Francisco

The city of San Francisco is well known for its beaches, parks, gardens, incredible architecture, but also there is a large number of museums and galleries, and today we visit the most famous and significant of them.

Stonemill Matcha

Probably, only a few people can imagine what a hard and tenacious work is behind the production of real quality tea. Stonemill Matcha is a place where we can see the results of a special approach to the production of this drink in living color. In addition, you can also enjoy a variety of Asian dishes, the highlights are the katsu sando, miso soup, cream puffs and pies.

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is an extremely significant science center located in the Golden Gate Park. The main activity of the center is research in the field of biodiversity, environmental education and sustainable development of society around the world. There is an aquarium, a planetarium, a small tropical ecosystem with animals, as well as many interesting exhibits explaining the origin and evolution of species.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the most visited tourist attractions. About 30,000 works are exhibited here, expositions are dedicated to both periods of the 19th century and contemporary art and are divided into four categories, that include painting, sculpture, media art, architecture and design. Enjoy the work of such legendary masters as Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo. The museum building has modern design, it is surrounded by a small garden, where extraordinary sculptures and installations are also exhibited.

Lers Ros Thai

Lers Ros Thai is a great place to enjoy Asian dishes in a cozy atmosphere. A special approach to the preparation of traditional soups and snacks has made this place quite popular with both locals and tourists. So, many visitors find the seafood dishes extremely tasty and quality. And if you want to try a traditional Thai dessert, we recommend fried bananas.

The Walt Disney Family Museum

Another unique museum in San Francisco is the Walt Disney Family Museum, the museum expositions are largely devoted to the life and work of the world-famous animator. Step into the history Mickey Mouse, enjoy an exposition with early sketches of animators, as well as many exhibitions of young artists demonstrating their view of the world and animation. Please note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Golden Gate Overlook

No trip through San Francisco can do without visiting the legendary and unique Golden Gate Bridge. This is a real symbol of this beautiful city and all the engineering and technical progress of the 20th century. The Golden Gate Overlook observation deck offers impressive views of this building. The territory of the deck is a fairly spacious concrete building, equipped with benches and railings.

Oren's Hummus Shop

Oren's Hummus Shop is a pretty cozy place where Israeli cuisine is served. Salads and snacks are excellent. Many people find the big Israeli salad, beef with hummus, sandwich with falafel and chicken liver with hummus tasty. In addition, the menu contains a large number of dishes for vegetarians. Free parking is available in front of the restaurant.

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

The San Jose City Rosary is a wonderful place in the middle of the city, with green grass and bright flower beds. Over 180 varieties of various plants are represented here. With an area of almost five and a half acres, the garden has about 4,000 different plantings, mostly hybrids of roses. Thousands of people come here daily to escape from the bustle of the city and enjoy the wonderful aromas of flowering.

Day 3: Culture and Science in San Jose

Today is going to be an eventful and interesting day. We will see many technological innovations of the past, get acquainted with the masterpieces of world painting and architecture. We will also enjoy walks in the extremely beautiful gardens and parks of the city.

Voyager Craft Coffee

It's always so nice to start the day with a cup of strong coffee, and coffee made according to the original recipe and technology is your great pleasure. Voyager Craft Coffee offers a large variety of coffee blends, as well as great desserts, pastries, light snacks and classic breakfast dishes.

Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum is a unique cultural site relating development of the high-tech industry and the information society as a whole. The museum’s collections include about 100,000 different exhibits, among which there are also photo and video materials. You can see the first generations of supercomputers, the early variations of Google servers. In addition, a large exhibition is dedicated to the development of computer chess. Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays.

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts is a museum located at Stanford University. It is famous for its outstanding collection of sculptures. In particular, there is a huge number of works by the famous French sculptor of the 19th century Auguste Rodin. In addition, the museum has about 500 works by representatives of African art and roughly the same number of works by representatives of Indonesia and Oceania. Before visiting, be sure to check the working hours, the museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Luna Mexican Restaurant

The basis of any good Mexican restaurant’s cuisine is beans, corn and chili pepper. The Luna Mexican Restaurant exemplifies this case. The ingredients are grown on local farms and supplied daily to the restaurant. In this regard, the restaurant's dishes are not only tasty, but healthy as well. Such Mexican culinary classics as various tacos and burritos are just outstanding.

The Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech Museum of Innovation is a unique museum that has developed a completely extraordinary approach to expositions, which makes the museum interesting for both children and adults, and even for those who are far from technology. The main features of the exhibitions here are the interactivity and visibility of the exhibits. The well-developed and understandable demonstrations of the laws of physics, as well as specific technical solutions, are very interesting. Visit the museum to gain valuable information and new insights.

Japanese Friendship Garden

This beautiful and quiet garden is one of the many oases of nature in the city center. The Japanese Friendship Garden symbolizes the twin city relationship with Okayama. Locals often celebrate weddings and other celebrations here, and tourists and vacationers find this place ideal for relaxing and thinking about beauty and nature. You can see herons here while relaxing in the tea house or walking along the bridges.

Alum Rock Park

Alum Rock Park is one of California's oldest municipal parks. Located in canyon, Alum Rock is at the foothills of the Diablo Range. On 740 acres of natural, vibrant beauty, there are plenty of outdoor activities including hiking, jogging, cycling and picnics. Due to its proximity to pristine lands, the park is home to many wildlife. In particular, for cougars, lynxes, deer and a number of other small animals. Please note that the park is closed on Monday.

Galpao Gaucho

Galpao Gaucho is a beautiful Brazilian restaurant, which is perfect to spend a quiet evening in a cozy atmosphere. The menu of the restaurant is quite extensive and offers a lot of dishes, in particular meat dishes. You can order beef, pork, chicken, lamb and fish steaks and a side of garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas, traditional rice and black beans.

Day 4: San Jose on the way home

Today we end our incredible journey through museums and parks. But even remaining time is enough for us to have fun and get an unforgettable experience.

The Breakfast Club at Midtown

The Breakfast Club at Midtown is a specialized breakfast cafe where you can spend your morning in a light and pleasant environment. There are many traditional breakfast dishes in the menu to choose from, for example, a large number of different omelet, waffles, pancakes, toasts, burgers, sandwiches and salads. There is also a children's menu.

Emma Prusch Farm Park

Emma Prusch Farm Park is the largest farm in San Jose with a variety of animals. It makes sense to return here, because they bring in new animals. The park also has extensive community gardens, an orchard with rare fruits, and a small lawn, perfect for picnics, kite flying, games and relaxation. You can bring some vegetables to feed chickens, goats and other inhabitants of the farm.