Santa Clara Travel Guide

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Santa Clara Things to Do

  • Downtown

    Yes, Santa Clara actually does have a downtown. And that place is centered by the Franklin Mall. When I was a young boy I used to collect stamps. And the best stamp store was located in the Franklin Mall. I hated to go there as it was a really mangy neighborhood. But a lot has changed over the years. The stamp store is this there, but now there are...

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  • Mission Santa Clara

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    Mission Santa Clara de Asis is the eighth of 21 missions built in California, and was the first mission to honor a woman, Saint Clare of Assis. It was founded in 1777 beySpanish Franciscans, and holds the designation of a California Historical Landmark; #338. The Mission and surrounding gardens are located on the grounds of Santa Clara University....

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  • Triton Museum of Art

    I'm not much of a museum guy, but most locals don't even know about this little treasure. Located in downtown (yes, there is a downtown) Santa Clara, the Triton boasts rotating exhibits highlighting the museums collection of 19th and 20th century American art. Also permanent is the Native American tribal collection and Triton's sculpture garden,...

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  • De Saisset Museum

    The De Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay's free Museum of history and art. The 19,210 square-foot facility was founded adjacent to the Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955, and is currently one of only two museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums. The de...

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  • Historical Railroad Society and Museum

    Founded in 1985 to preserve the heritage of American railroading, the Historical Railroad Society is located at the old Santa Clara Depot, near across the street from Santa Clara University. From the Web Site: The South Bay Historical Railroad Society (SBHRS) was incorporated in 1985 to preserve the local area railroad heritage while running a...

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  • Attend the National Travel and Adventure...

    Until this year I had never attended a travel show. They always struck me as somewhere I would most likely have to wade through long lines of travel agencies trying to sell me a trip somehwere I could easily go on my own for cheaper.Well I was wrong. The Travel and Adventure Show the last weekend of January included top chefs from around the world...

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  • Santa Clara Paintball

    It's active, it will kill half your day, and it's a lot of fun if you have a big group. It's about $60 per person until you run out of ammo. The people and here are pretty good with making sure you're having a good time. Try to get as much armor as you can including gloves (extra $10) or if you get shot, you'll be in some pain for the coming days.

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  • Mission Santa Clara de Asis

    Mission Santa Clara de Asis is the eighth of 21 missions built in California, and was the first mission to honor a woman, Saint Clare of Assis. It was founded in 1777 beySpanish Franciscans, and holds the designation of a California Historical Landmark; #338. The Mission and surrounding gardens are located on the grounds of Santa Clara University....

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  • Mission Santa Clara

    Wos ere for a wedding... quite boring actually... but dang, even I had to admit that it was a beautiful church. Now that I think about it, it explains why the food at the reception sucked... must've cost them a lot to have the wedding there and then at this big ol mansion.

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  • Downtown Santa Clara

    Yes, Santa Clara actually does have a downtown. And that place is centered by the Franklin Mall. When I was a young boy I used to collect stamps. And the best stamp store was located in the Franklin Mall. I hated to go there as it was a really mangy neighborhood. But a lot has changed over the years. The stamp store is this there, but now there are...

    more
  • The De Saisset Museum

    The De Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay's free Museum of history and art. The 19,210 square-foot facility was founded adjacent to the Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955, and is currently one of only two museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums.The de...

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  • Triton Museum of Art

    I'm not much of a museum guy, but most locals don't even know about this little treasure. Located in downtown (yes, there is a downtown) Santa Clara, the Triton boasts rotating exhibits highlighting the museums collection of 19th and 20th century American art. Also permanent is the Native American tribal collection and Triton's sculpture garden,...

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Santa Clara Restaurants

  • Blowtorch espresso from a hand pump!

    I used to get dropped off at the bus stop in front of this strip mall center to finish the commute to community college, and sometimes give Spanish tutoring in the afternoons there. Back then, it was just a convenient location with nothing to boast about. That's why I was disappointed to realize that my friend had just driven me half an hour to get...

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  • My Favorite Greek Food

    I'm really glad I discovered this restaurant AFTER I spent two weeks in Greece; otherwise, all the food in Greece would have been a letdown. This is really one of my favorite restaurants.The proprietor takes a hands-on approach to management and the food reflects it. She's a little rude in a nice way, which I think adds to the Greek...

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  • Pho with good broth

    This restaurant is located in a strip mall and is usually croweded a lunch times; I've had to wait for a table a couple of times but the line moves quickly. Ambiance is, "crowded lunch place".Not being a pho expert, I like this place because the broth seems to taste better than some of its many competitors. There are 34 items on the menu including...

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  • American Food in Silicon Valley

    I ate a business lunch and a business dinner at Birk's; the food and service were mediocre (less than mediocre if you factor in the price). Someone in my party asked that his Cobb salad be tossed; in not only wasn't tossed but the kitchen had fogotten to add the chicken.There were a lot of people in suits dining at the restaurant and bar; it seemed...

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  • Authentic Pizza from Brick Ovens

    I ate lunch here with a friend from Italy and he said that the pizza reminded him of the kind they served in the south of Italy. The service was good and the resaurant was packed (there was a wait for tables).Note that the price range below is for lunch. The Pizza Margherita tasted great (it has fresh basil) and the garlic rolls were equally good....

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  • Tasty, moderate portions

    I ate a business lunch at Parcel 104. The wait would have been 45 min. (we arrived at 12:15) but, fortunately, a large group cancelled and we were seated quickly. The nearby convention center and the fact that the hotel to which it is attached also hosts conferences probably means that the restaurant sees swings in the number of people it seats...

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  • Santa Clara's Best Restaurant

    Every once in a while a restaurant comes along that really shocks you with its sophistication and quality. And living in the Bay Area, most of the time you have to head on up to San Francisco to find such a place. Not any more. There is such a place and it's right here in Santa Clara -- Parcel 104. But the biggest shock of all is that it's located...

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  • The only fast food allowed by law

    In n Out Burger is a legend. Many a stoner has proclaimed after a few bong hits "dude, I've got an in-n-out urge!" But until the last few years, you could only find them in So-Cal (Southern California). Not well known outside the boarders of the US, In-n-Out Burgers are a cult legend -- kind of like a John Waters film. This place is not a...

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  • Fresh and Natural

    Parcel 104 is in a wing of the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel. The food is excellent! They use local, organic ingredients, and serve fresh fish - often caught that morning, and natural, grass-feed beef - as well as other organic meat. Their menu changes daily - based on what is freshest. I had the pork, and it was perhaps the most succulent, juicy...

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Santa Clara Local Customs

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    by Sonador3 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In August of 1980, Father John Sweeny, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara, California, fulfilled a long-time desire to give special honor to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That month, he commissioned noted sculptor Charles C. Parks, a noted sculptor, of Wilmington, Delaware, to design a 32-foot stainless steel statue of Our Lady, under this title. The statue which some have called "the awesome Madonna," was finished in the Summer of 1982. It stands higher than most three-story buildings. The 7200-pound statue rises to a height of thirty-two feet and rests on a twelve-foot landscaped mound. The head, hands, and feet are cast in stainless steel. The gown is constructed of welded strips of stainless steel.

    After completion in the artist's Wilmington, Delaware, studio in 1982, the statue was exhibited in Wilmington, Philadelphia, and Chicago en route to its permanent location.
    The Shrine of Our Lady of Peace was dedicated on October 7, 1983, by Most Reverend Pierre DuMaine, Bishop of San Jose. A hand-illuminated papal blessing was presented to the Shrine on that occasion.

    DIRECTIONS
    From San Jose take #101 North to Great America Parkway off Ramp, to Mission College Blvd., make a U-turn, drive 1 block, turn right onto Our Lady's Way, make a quick left turn into the church parking lot.
    From San Francisco take #101 South to Great America Parkway off Ramp, turn left at top of ramp, cross freeway and continue as above.
    From Milpitas take #237 West to Great America Parkway, travel approximately 2 miles then turn right onto Our Lady's Way then make a quick left into the Church parking lot.

    Holy Hour: Tuesday 11:00
    Every First Friday: all night vigil starting with 7:30 p.m. Friday Mass and ending with 5:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday

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Santa Clara Warnings and Dangers

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    by SFNinja Written Aug 20, 2003

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    When visiting Santa Clara or the San Jose area, please be advised that driving can be a real problem, espescially on the 101 and the 880 at times. Traffic is usually only during rush hour, but it can happen at anytime, and often with no reason. Drivers tend to ignore the 65 MPH speed limit and drive very recklessly. Public transportation is excellent, so maybe consider that instead of renting a car.

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Santa Clara Off The Beaten Path

  • Old Victorian House

    The Charles Copeland Morse Residence --The "House that seeds built" was constructed in 1892 by Charles Copeland Morse, co-founder of one of the largets flower and vegetable seed companies in the world, The Ferry-Morse seed company. This outstand Queen Anne residence is the most elaborate Queen Ann Victorian structure still remaining in the City of...

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  • SpeedRing - This place has...

    SpeedRing - This place has been open since December of 2001 and I just heard about it this week. SpeedRing is a go kart track unlike any other I have been to. The first major difference is that it's indoors. I have also never had to put on a jumpsuit and sit through a briefing before driving a go kart. It's very fun and can be very competitive and...

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Santa Clara Favorites

  • Gooooooooaaaaaalllll!!!!!!!

    I was here for a wedding at that famous church near Santa Clara University and I say Mia Hamm walking by. She was with a friend and I assumed that they were heading to the University to play soccer I guess. So if you are a soccer fan and find yourself in that area... keep your eyes open, you'll never know who you might bump into!

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  • Hit the college for a picnic

    I always loved Santa Clara University as a fun place to walk around. We had friends who went to school here or still live near by, so found ourselves on campus as much as our own.We'd spend spring days lounging around the great campus and spend the evening at Cluck U chicken eating wings and drinking beer.El Camino is the happening spot in town-...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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