San Jose Daily Life Tour, San Jose (Self Guided)

Discover the everyday lives of San Jose residents. You will become acquainted with various aspects of city life, including where locals work, study, eat, relax and attend special events. Get a taste of San Jose’s daily life in the following tour.
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San Jose Daily Life Tour Map

Guide Name: San Jose Daily Life Tour
Guide Location: USA » San Jose (See other walking tours in San Jose)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: AlexanderA
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Scott's Seafood Restaurant

1) Scott's Seafood Restaurant

Scott's Seafood Restaurant specializes in regional American cuisine. Located in downtown San Jose, it is appropriate for casual dining, business meetings or special events. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:15 am to 5:00 pm, and dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm and Sunday from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
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Camera 12 Cinema

2) Camera 12 Cinema

Camera 12 Cinema, opened in 2004, contains 12 screens on three floors. Offering a variety of movies, from major Hollywood productions to foreign films, premiers usually attract crowds. Currently plans are in the works to add Sony 4K digital projection in three theaters and Playstation 3 on the big screen.
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First Immanuel Lutheran Church

3) First Immanuel Lutheran Church

Missionaries of First Immanuel arrived in the city in 1864. Its first services were held in San Jose's Central Hall. In 1892 the First Immanuel Lutheran church was formally registered in California. Surviving the earthquake of 1906, six other churches have been founded in neighboring cities.
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San Jose State University

4) San Jose State University

Opened in San Francisco in 1857 as Minns' Evening Normal School, in 1862 it became known as the California State Normal School. The school moved to San Jose in 1871, becoming the State Teachers College at San Jose in 1921. San Jose State College was established in 1935 and in 1972 it was granted university status and its name changed to California State University, San Jose. Two years later the California legislature voted to change the name to San Jose State University.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

5) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, inaugurated in 2003, has eight floors, over 475,000 square feet and a collection of approximately 1.6 million volumes. It is the main public library and also the library of San Jose State University. It has several special collections, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Collection, the California History Room and more.
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Loft Bar and Bistro

6) Loft Bar and Bistro

The Loft Bar and Bistro offers great food, drinks and the hottest DJs. Space is available for special occasions, such as birthday, bachelor or bachelorette parties. It also features a great upstairs patio where guests can enjoy a drink under the stars. It is open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Friday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:30 am.
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San Jose Bar and Grill

7) San Jose Bar and Grill

During the day, San Jose Bar is a sports bar and in the evening it becomes one of the city’s most popular lounges. Happy Hour is from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm each weekday. It has televisions in every corner and a projection screen on the back wall. If you want to see a special sporting event, let the staff know and it can be arranged. Local DJs entertain the crowd Thursday through Saturday, offering a variety of music styles. Space for private parties is also available here.

Operation Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 7 pm – 1.30 am, closed on Wednesdays.
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St. James Park

8) St. James Park (must see)

St. James Park, a beautiful area in downtown San Jose where locals go for walks, is notorious as the scene where two men were lynched for the kidnapping and murder of Brooke Hart, son of the owner of L. Hart and Son Department Store. A statue of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, is also located in this park. McKinley is known for the Spanish-American War, which happened during his presidency, when the United States annexed Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in San Jose for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best San Jose has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as San Jose, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.