Car Rental at San Jose Airport, California
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is the least busy of all the three airports (the other two being San Francisco and Oakland airports that see more daily flights than it does) that service the Bay Area despite its downtown location, so it is a great way to fly into and rent a car in San Jose Airport if you want to avoid the crowds but dive right into the action. The heart of Silicon Valley is just 20 minutes away by car rental from San Jose Airport.
Capital of Silicon Valley
Places of interest to visit by rental car in San Jose Airport include Great America, one of the country’s best theme parks. This is probably the best amusement park in Northern California and has something for all the family. Apart from the movie-themed rides it also features the Boomerang Bay Water Park.
Always worth visiting in a car rental at San Jose Airport is the beautiful 19th century restored Basilica of St. Joseph or the Winchester Mystery House with its fascination for the number 13 and its superfluous stairway. Inspired by Egyptian temples, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium exhibit the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts in the western United States.
Mt. Hamilton Observatory
Mount Hamilton observatory is located just 26 miles to the east by car hire from San Jose Airport and makes a worthwhile visit if you are an avid stargazer. Learn about the telescope which plays a major role in space exploration and, as the observatory is located at over 4,000 feet above sea level, enjoy great views of surrounding terrain. Be advised however that while it makes a great spot for a picnic, there are no facilities to buy food either on the way to, or on top of the mountain so better stock up your San Jose Airport car hire with provisions.
Taking advantage of your San Jose Airport car rental, you can keep to the east side of the bay and visit Oakland where you can ride in a gondola on Lake Merritt and enjoy a serenade from the gondolier. You may also want to include a visit to the 86,000 square feet Chabot Space and Science Centre.
A Taste of San Francisco
San Francisco is just a 45-mile drive by rental cars from San Jose Airport so you could experience driving across its famous bridge. As one of the top gustatory destinations in the United States, you can follow the city’s foodie neighbourhoods by car hire in San Jose Airport and glimpse into some of its historic districts such as the Haight-Ashbury where the Summer of Love flowered, or The Castro where a sizable LGBT community thrives. As both are popular tourist destinations even among domestic visitors, expect a lot of restaurants serving organic and locally produced food.
You may decide to continue north to the equally famous Napa valley or the Sonoma wine district, or head southwest in your rental car in San Jose Airport to visit Berkeley and see what life is like at one of the county’s best universities.