Santa Clara Travel At a Glance
Best Time to Visit Santa Clara California
Santa Clara has enough interesting attractions to make it an ideal year-round destination. But, if part of the draw for you is Paramounts Great America Theme Park, youll want to visit June, July or August. The park is open daily during those months. During March, April, May, September and October it is only open on a limited weekend schedule. Many of the area wineries have year-round events as well. The climate is such that outdoor activities can be enjoyed all year. Click Here to find hotels in Santa Clara. If you need additional visitor information for Santa Clara, Click Here.
Average Santa Clara Weather
January, the coldest month, is pleasant with average highs of 58 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 40 degrees. July and August, the hottest months, see highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid-50s. Its seldom sweltering or freezing. January has the most rain at just under three inches of precipitation for the month. May through October seldom see any rain at all.
Mineta San Jose International Airport is the closest airport to Santa Clara--- its minutes from the city. The San Francisco and Oakland Airports are both only an hour away. Interstates 880, 280, and 101 surround Santa Clara. Cal Train (800-660-4287) runs from the peninsula and San Francisco. Super Shuttle (415-659-2575) and South Bay Flyer (1-888-GO-FLYER) both serve Mineta San Jose Airport. Avis and Dollar car rental agencies have Santa Clara outlets. Valley Transportation Authority provides bus service and light rail to Santa Clara and the rest of Silicon Valley. Call 408-321-2300 for VTA information and fares.
Bargain hunters beware! Silicon Valley is expensive. That said - Santa Clara sports a few remarkably good, inexpensive ethnic restaurants where dinner for one is less than $12 (without wine). Mayuri Indian Cuisine, at 2230 El Camino Real, will fill your belly without emptying your wallet as will Truya Sushi Japanese at 3431 El Camino Real. Expect to spend around $200 for a room in one of the areas chi independent bed and breakfasts or $180 for a room at a well-known chain. Shop for bargains and plan ahead and you might get a budget room in the $90 range. Keep in mind there is some seductive shopping in the area and expect to be seduced into spending.
California Tourism - Santa Clara Attractions, Activities and Day Trips
You absolutely have to visit the Winchester Mystery House in near by San Jose. The complete tour costs $23.95 for adults. The nearly 200-room house is a Victorian mansion with numerous features like stairs leading to nowhere. It took 38 years to build the house at a cost of $5,500,000. The house has 40 staircases and 32 skylights. The Caf and gift shop are open daily. The Winchester Mystery House information line is available twenty-four hours a day, you can call them at 408-247-2101
San Francisco is only an hour away. If you are in Santa Clara you owe it to yourself to take a side trip to Fishermans Wharf or take a cruise around the Bay.
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