Places to See and Things to Do in San Jose, CA | Avis Rent a Car

Places to See and Things to Do in San Jose

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San Jose Day Trip Ideas

San Jose is located in the busy and exciting bay area. There is always something to do and see here, and the best part is that San Jose has an average of 300 sunny days per year, so the weather should always be on your side. Check out our ideas for day trips from San Jose.

State Parks and National Monuments

Big Basin Redwood State park is located just 21 miles from San Jose. With gorgeous waterfalls and tropical canyons, don’t forget your sunscreen, hat, and water because there is plenty to explore here.

The Muir Woods National Monument is home to stunning redwoods and is located 53 miles outside of San Jose. While the drive is a touch longer, this is a park you don’t want to miss.


The closest beaches are approximately 45 minutes away from San Jose, located in Santa Cruz. Here you’ll discover many coves that will blow that sea breeze right through your hair and where you can build some pretty amazing sand castles. Some of the most popular beaches include Santa Cruz Main Beach, Davenport Landing Beach, Scott Creek Beach, and others.

San Jose Festivals

San Jose is not only a technological hub but a place to share and celebrate different cultures. Be sure to visit these festivals if you’re in town when they are held.

Silicon Valley Comic Con

Dress up as your favorite character and meet the people behind the magic of your favorite comics, books, television shows, movies and more. This convention is usually held in the spring around March or April.

Fremont Street Eats

Come to this food truck rally to bask in delicious local food offerings. Held every Friday from May to October, you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of food, beer, and live entertainment.  

San Jose Car Rentals

If you’re planning a day trip to one of the many national parks or you want a breath of fresh sea air, a luxury car rental will certainly improve your trip. The San Jose Avis car rental locations have so many options for any taste and need. Are you looking for a sporty red Lamborghini, a sleek SUV to fit the entire family comfortably, or an economical compact car? Avis has deals and offers designed to fit your needs.

We have many offices conveniently located throughout San Jose, from SJC airport car rentals to downtown San Jose. Visit our deals and options to get the best offers—and don’t forget to ask for our Avis Preferred member benefits.