Nearby San Jose Attractions that Guarantee Plenty of Fun!

San Jose is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, offering easy access to several neighboring cities. Whether it’s San Francisco or Santa Cruz that you want to see, we’re just an hour’s drive away from these famous cities in Northern California.


Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk – 33 Miles

san jose tourist spotsThe Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a classic amusement park located along the sandy beach of Santa Cruz, CA. Situated in the heart of this friendly beach town, the Boardwalk features more than 34 rides and attractions, including the world-famous 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster and the beautiful 1911 Looff Carousel. Just 33 miles away, enjoy scream-inducing thrill rides, gentle kiddie rides, casual restaurants, gift shops, games, indoor arcades, and miniature golf all in one place.


Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries – 33 Miles

For leisurely wine tasting near San Jose, don’t miss the savory grapes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. These 9 boutique wineries offer the perfect Cabernet Franc or Syrah for our San Jose guests. Among acres and acres of vineyards, Chardonnay is the most prevalent grape grown, with Pinot Noir coming in second. The rest of the vineyards are sprinkled with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Blanc, and Petite Sirah. Visit our nearby wineries for a day of sipping wine in the Northern California sunshine.


Felton Roaring Camp – 34 Miles

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Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains lies a re-creation of a quaint 1880’s logging town with trains that operate 364 days of the year (Christmas Day is closed). Explore this heritage railway with authentic steam locomotives managing this Redwood Forest Steam Train.

Beyond the open-air train, shop at the General Store, hike in the California Redwoods, or enjoy a picnic lunch as you embrace this old-fashioned setting. There is plenty to do and see at Felton Roaring Park, so don’t forget your camera!

Activities in Felton Roaring Camp include:

  • Train Rides

  • California Redwoods Hike

  • Chuckwagon BBQ

  • Red Caboose Restaurant

  • Gold Panning

  • Blacksmithing

  • Candle-Making 

  • Visits with the Town Marshal

  • Old Time Photo Studio 

  • Shopping at the General Store 

  • Horseshoes 

  • Volleyball


San Francisco – 45 Miles

For a day trip from San Jose, visit one of the top tourist destinations in the WORLD! From its cool summers, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco offers plenty of excitement for San Jose guests.

Famous San Francisco attractions include:

  • Lombard St.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Chinatown
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Coit Tower
  • Alcatraz Island Tour
  • Cable Cars
  • AT&T Park / SF Giants Baseball


Monterey Bay Aquarium – 73 Miles

With an annual attendance of 1.8 million visitors, there’s a reason why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a popular tourist attraction in California. It represents 623 species and features a 1,200,000-gallon tank overflowing with wildlife! Observe abundant sealife, including stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of very few places in the world to exhibit both bluefin and yellowfin tuna, so don’t miss it!


Napa Valley Wine Train – 80 Miles

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Unwind in beautiful wine country on the Napa Valley Wine Train, offering a relaxing 3-hour, 36-mile journey of scenic delights. Guests will voyage from the historic town of Napa through one of the world’s most famous wine valleys to the charming village of St. Helena and back. Savor a fresh lunch or dinner inside a fully restored 1915-1917 Pullman Dining Car or 1952 Vista Dome car. It’s an easy way to see the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley during your next stay with us.