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There’s so much for student and youth groups to do in San Jose, Northern California’s largest city. Check out these itinerary ideas for your next student trip to Silicon Valley.

“San Jose attracts students interested in real-world applications of science and technology. In the heart of Silicon Valley, young innovators can see textbook lessons come to life in the history, nature and undeniable unique culture of San Jose where the humanly impossible comes to fruition through imagination and ingenuity.” –Frances Wong, director of marketing & communications, Visit San Jose 

ASK: Visit San Jose • 408-792-4112 • sanjose.org 


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The Tech Interactive
Credit: Visit San Jose

The Capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose is home to 6,600 tech companies and several tech-focused experiences. 

Recently reopened in the late spring, The Tech Interactive’s hands-on exhibits demonstrate how technology changes lives. Become a cyber sleuth in “Cyber Detective,” an interactive exhibit designed to help visitors learn about internet safety. Explore how bodily movement affect physical, social and emotional health in the “Body Motion” exhibit. 

The Computer History Museum tells the story of computing in its entirety — a history over 2,000 years old — through hands-on exhibits and collections. 

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Students will dive into space science, aeronautical engineering, astrobiology and much more with Ames Exploration Encounter at NASA Ames Research Center

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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Credit: Visit San Jose

Majestic California redwoods inhabit much of San Jose’s surrounding rural areas and can be further explored through a nature program. 

Take a guided tour at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and learn about coastal redwood history, physiology, adaptations, ecosystems and more. The oldest state park in California, Big Basin Redwoods State Park also offers guided walks and additionally boasts a nature museum.

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Incorporate physics, math and science into a day at California’s Great America — home to several thrilling amusement rides and a waterpark. Experience Japanese culture with a docent-led tour at the Japanese Friendship Garden, with lesson plans available. 


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Courtney Birchmeier oversees the editorial department at Group Tour Media. With half a decade under her belt in the group travel industry, she's eager to connect tour operators and group leaders with new destinations. It's a great day at the office if her dog, a chow/lab mix named "Kiwi," is in tow. In her free time, she enjoys reading (for fun, with no red pen in hand), sampling craft beer (New Holland Brewing's "Dragon's Milk," anyone?) and adding new destinations to her travel bucket list (like Salzburg, Austria).