San Jose, California

In 1777 the Spanish settled San Jose to provide food for its California missions. This fertile valley remained a quiet farm community of grape vineyards, apricot orchards, and broccoli for the next 200 years. When World War II ended, returning veterans poured in the region and IBM began. From those first seeds of technology, San Jose boomed in the 1980's and 1990's as the creative heartland of Silicon Valley.

It's still a beautiful natural setting. Hike or bike the Los Gatos Creek Trail and take in a sunrise view of the city. Stop in at the cafes and art galleries in downtown Los Gatos. Wander through Kelley Park's serene Japanese Friendship Garden. Feed goats and ride the Pacific Fruit Express roller coaster at the kid-centric Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Discover ancient Egypt at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum - the largest collection of Egyptian art west of the Mississippi.

Tuck into a falafel and a fresh banana milkshake at The Original Falafel's Drive-In. Bill's Café is a favorite breakfast place for locals, with a menu long enough to cater to most anyone. Don't miss their famous Bread Pudding French Toast topped with fried bananas.