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San Jose Travel Guide

City of San Jose

San Jose is situated in Silicon Valley, at the south end of the San Francisco Bay. With a population of 912,332 San Jose is the largest city in Northern California. Also is a small farming city, for several years formerly the arrival of European settlers, the area now called as San Jose was inhabited by diverse groups of Ohlone Native Americans. Stable European presence in the area arrive with the 1770 founding of the Presidio of Monterey and Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo by Gaspar de PortolÓ and Father JunÝpero Serra, about sixty miles (100 km) to the south.

San Jose is situated at 37░18'15?N, 121░52'22?W. According to the U.S. Census office, this city has a total area of 461.5 km▓ (178.2 mi▓) GR1. 452.9 km▓ (174.9 mi▓) of it is land and 8.6 km▓ (3.3 mi▓) of it (1.86%) is water.

The downtown architecture of San Jose is perceived more for its limited level than for any particular buildings. Because the downtown area is in the flight path to approximate to Mineta San Jose International Airport, there is a permanent height limit for all buildings. There has been broad criticism, both in the past and present, of the city's architecture. It has been said that San Jose's buildings are, in fact, rather lacking in ornamentation, or aesthetically pleasing architectural style.

In the south first street area (SOFA) are 2 comedy clubs named The Last Laugh. Next door to the LL on San Carlos is DB Coopers, which is a famous bar with college age types. Close to the Fairmont Hotel (and the other Last Laugh) is Gorden Biersch, a very famous brew pub with the San Jose yuppie crowd. Also in the area is F/X which caters to a more artsy crowd and Paradise Beach which is younger jock, surfer types, and The Oasis.

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