Heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose experienced a post-WWII residential boom similar to L.A.'s and Phoenix's. This South Bay Area city is only one hour south of San Francisco. There are many good restaurants across San Jose, include many great choices for ethnic foods. It has a small downtown that is walkable and friendly at night. Much of the city is suburban and includes several major malls and strip malls. Its Silicon Valley Pride annual celebration has grown over recent years in step with the growing visibility of LGBTQ people, including the recent election of the openly gay gentleman to the State Assembly.
The largest concentrations of LGBTQ people in San Jose is along The Alameda downtown. That is where the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center is located. Post Street, where most of night is located, which can be accessed walking from Diridon Station, hub for interstate buses, trains, and public buses that travel around downtown and more. There are more bars and other LGBTQ owned and friendly places scattered throughout the area as well. Check out our Directory to view more.
(SJC) San Jose International Airport. The airport is very close to the heart of San Jose so local transportation is easy. To get to downtown you can take the light rail metro.
(SFO) To get to San Jose you can take the Caltrain. It zips by all the nasty traffic and takes only around 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs roughly $15, highly suggested.
Valley Transit Authority includes one of the better light rail systems in the country. San Jose also as of 2020 is connected to BART rail to Oakland and San Francisco, though the new Berryessa/North SJ and Milpitas stops. San Jose also had many bus lines.