San Jose, California

  • xerosbeat

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    Mar 25, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    Going to visit my brother over in San Jose tomorrow and since he just moved there himself, he doesn't have a lot of knowledge of what there is to do around the area. Anybody from the area that can give me tips on where to go and what to see, I would really appreciated.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Mar 26, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    The only thing I remember about San Jose was paying 11.00 for a vodka and 7.



    I can get a draft beer out by me for 25 cents on a Monday.
  • xerosbeat

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    Mar 26, 2013 12:24 AM GMT
    Damn, I guess I'm better off hanging out a day or two in San Francisco.
  • wesv

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    Mar 26, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    There's a lot more going on in San Francisco and Oakland. SJ is a little more quiet. There might be some bars and clubs in the downtown area.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Mar 26, 2013 12:29 AM GMT
    Depends on what you're looking for. Bars? Sight seeing? Hikes?
  • The_Guruburu

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    Mar 26, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    Of course, course, there's more happening in SF and Easy Bay, but you can find things to do depending on what you like for entertainment.
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    Mar 26, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    It's just an hour drive to SF. More to do there. San Jose is more family-oriented and quiet. Downtown San Jose has some bars but usually I spend my free time in SF or exploring other cities in the Bay Area. Downtown Palo Alto, Downtown Mountain View, and Downtown Los Gatos, are good places to just park and walk around enjoying the weather if you want to grab something to eat. But if you want stuff to do, I'd recommend SF.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Mar 26, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    There were some cute restaurants to eat at, but yes it is quiet. If you can get over to San Francisco there is so much to see. I spent two days hiking around the city and taking it all in.
  • xerosbeat

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    Mar 26, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    Well I've been to SF before and that is actually where I'm flying in and out of but I wanted to check if there was anything of interest in San Jose, not just nightlife but overall food joints and hiking spots. I will definitely hit up SF for the nightlife since I do have friends that live there.
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    Mar 26, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
    lol where is sanjose when you need him...i'll have to tell him to come in here. I spent a little time out there, I like the area for sure. It's been so long i'm sorry I don't remember where to go for hot spots!
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    Mar 26, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    Ah. Well there is the Winchester Mystery House if you want to check out an attraction that is unique to San Jose. Also, there is Santana Row. Some people don't like it b/c it's just a glorified outdoor mall. But I think it's one of the unique things that SJ has to offer. Also, check out San Pedro Market Square in Downtown San Jose. If I knew a place you could rent a bike, you could also bike the creek trail all the way from Downtown SJ to Los Gatos.

    I recently checked out this place if you want a somewhat scenic hike:

    http://www.everytrail.com/guide/waterfall-tour-of-uvas-canyon-county-park

    It's a short drive outside of SJ.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Mar 26, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    go downtown, its gunna be nice no matter what day you go icon_smile.gif tech museum, discovery museum, san pedro square ( alot of food nd bars), also if you get a chance go to a sharks game cuz they are super duper awesome icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g33020-Activities-San_Jose_California.html
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    Mar 26, 2013 5:13 AM GMT
    Just take the train to SF. San Jose is kinda boring unless you enjoy hanging out in the suburbs and eating at various chain restaurants.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 26, 2013 4:52 PM GMT
    Some of you guys need to keep in mind that San Jose is a much larger city than both San Francisco and Oakland. I am sure that a central city of almost 1 million in population would offer some interesting things to see and do. San Jose cannot be all that boring. It is now "the city" of northern California as far as population and economic activity is concerned.
  • xerosbeat

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    Mar 26, 2013 6:52 PM GMT
    Thank you all for the suggestions specially Jockular, sanjose408 and MidweternKid. I will definitely go down to SF since I have friends down there and I do want to at least go out dancing once, I might try LA but who knows. I just wanted something else to do as well while I was down in San Jose, you guys have given me good ideas.
  • Suetonius

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    Mar 26, 2013 10:58 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidSome of you guys need to keep in mind that San Jose is a much larger city than both San Francisco and Oakland. I am sure that a central city of almost 1 million in population would offer some interesting things to see and do. San Jose cannot be all that boring. It is now "the city" of northern California as far as population and economic activity is concerned.

    San Jose is not really a city - it is a giant suburb of about 1 million. Not really much of a downtown - anywhere.
    It is, however, closer to the nude beaches on the coast - which might be warm enough to visit if you are lucky enough to get some nice warm days when you are there (not unheard of in the winter here.) And (though not at all gay) there is excellent hiking in the Pinnacles, and SJ is close to the Monterey/Carmel/17-mile-Drive tourist areas
  • mascmuscle35

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    Mar 26, 2013 11:04 PM GMT
    All of the action is in SF, but if you are staying SJ...be aware that Cal train stops running early:

    http://www.caltrain.com/schedules/weekdaytimetable.html
  • xerosbeat

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    Mar 27, 2013 8:13 AM GMT
    I had no idea about the Caltrain, that is something I can definitely do.
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    Mar 27, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
    xerosbeat saidThank you all for the suggestions specially Jockular, sanjose408 and MidweternKid. I will definitely go down to SF since I have friends down there and I do want to at least go out dancing once, I might try LA but who knows. I just wanted something else to do as well while I was down in San Jose, you guys have given me good ideas.


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    Mar 27, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    I lived there for 6 years and it was pretty dead. The restaurants were nice, but the nightlife was non-existent. They have some great movie theaters. You can go hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains and see Santa Cruz, which has some charm. Gay social life was happening in private. Pretty soon we had a nice circle of friends and hang with them for dinners, parties etc.
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    Mar 27, 2013 11:26 PM GMT
    Good luck, OP!

    Wish I could work a screen name of mine into a thread title! Gah! icon_mad.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 30, 2013 3:29 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    roadbikeRob saidSome of you guys need to keep in mind that San Jose is a much larger city than both San Francisco and Oakland. I am sure that a central city of almost 1 million in population would offer some interesting things to see and do. San Jose cannot be all that boring. It is now "the city" of northern California as far as population and economic activity is concerned.

    San Jose is not really a city - it is a giant suburb of about 1 million. Not really much of a downtown - anywhere.
    It is, however, closer to the nude beaches on the coast - which might be warm enough to visit if you are lucky enough to get some nice warm days when you are there (not unheard of in the winter here.) And (though not at all gay) there is excellent hiking in the Pinnacles, and SJ is close to the Monterey/Carmel/17-mile-Drive tourist areas
    That sounds exactly like Austin, Texas which is also not really a true city but a gigantic, sprawled out, distant suburb of San Antonio.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Mar 30, 2013 4:18 PM GMT
    upstart_brophet saidGood luck, OP!

    Wish I could work a screen name of mine into a thread title! Gah! icon_mad.gif

    what you tryin to say!? icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 30, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    sanjose408 said
    upstart_brophet saidGood luck, OP!

    Wish I could work a screen name of mine into a thread title! Gah! icon_mad.gif

    what you tryin to say!? icon_razz.gif

    busted! LOL
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    Mar 30, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    Rosicrucian museum