Streets lined with palm trees and a moderate climate compliment sunny Santa Clara, a mecca of modern technology nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley. An economic hub known for its computer development, this thriving location is also the home to California's Great America, making for an equally entertaining tourist destination.
Things to do in Santa Clara
If you’re looking for a fun time, California’s Great America features over 40 rides and attractions. Adrenaline junkies can take a ride on the award-winning Gold Striker, while log flume lovers can get in line for the popular Logger’s Run. Planet Snoopy is an area made just for families and the Boomerang Bay water park is located right next door, perfect for warmer days.
The Intel Museum is the place to delve into the history of technology in Silicon Valley. Computer lovers should check out the Intel 2004 CPU exhibition or the interactive display of a semiconductor chip. There is also an attached retail shop if you want to pick up a high-tech souvenir.
Head over to the Triton Museum of Art for a dose of culture, where you can enjoy a plethora of exhibits featuring local artists in addition to modern and historical works. Afterwards, drop into the Mission City Centre for Performing Arts to catch a full-length theatrical production.
If you want a break from the technology overload, seek out solace at the Our Lady of Peace Shrine. The location features a unique nine-metre statue that is visible from the highway.
Getting around Santa Clara
Cars are by far the most popular form of transit around the area, although there is a light rail system that services downtown and the surrounding area. If you want to be eco-conscious, rent a bicycle for some sightseeing on two wheels.