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Santa Clara

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Santa Clara
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Places to Visit
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Just west of San Jose, Santa Clara is adjacent to San Jose Mineta Airport (SJC).

By train

Caltrain stops at Santa Clara Station, on the east side of Santa Clara University (1001 Railroad Avenue). Though Caltrain doesn't really stop at San Jose Mineta Airport, the free Airporter bus (VTA line 10) shuttles passengers between the airport and the Santa Clara Caltrain station.

The Altamont Commuter Express , is an Amtrak express train running from the central valley towns of Stockton, Tracy, Livermore and Pleasanton to San Jose. The train stops at the Santa Clara Amtrak station at Lafayette and Tasman, near the Santa Clara Convention Center. Only a few trains run per day. Note that the Santa Clara stop doesn't include a station building, just a platform under an overpass, so plan connecting transportation before you arrive.

Amtrak California's Capitol Corridor train runs between Sacramento and San Jose via East Bay cities such as Berkeley and Emeryville. The Santa Clara stop is the same as the ACE above, with no building. The nearby Diridon station in San Jose is better equipped and includes a building with a ticket counter. It may even be closer to parts of Santa Clara. Read schedules carefully, since some trains include a bus connection.

Key places to visit
Intel Museum, Mission Santa Clara, Santa Clara City Hall, de Saisset Museum, Agnews Developmental Center


Places to Visit

Intel Museum, , 2200 Mission College Blvd (off Montague expressway, just north of 101). Open Weekdays 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm. Free admission. Learn a bit of local and technological history, and see what it takes to enter a cleanroom. Allow 1-2 hours.

Mission Santa Clara is located on what is now the Santa Clara University campus. Explore the historic gardens and church.

Santa Clara City Hall. 1500 Warburton Ave. The grounds surrounding City Hall include a statue of Santa Clara, fountains, "Stroll Into the Past" plaques, other public artwork, and a set of flagpoles featuring all the flags that have flown over Santa Clara. Inside City Hall hangs a collection of historical photographs. City Hall is across the street from the Triton Museum and worth a stroll around the grounds if you are visiting the museum.

de Saisset Museum 500 El Camino Real (on the Santa Clara University grounds near Palm and Alviso streets), open Tues - Sun 11:00 - 4:00. The museum combines rotating exhibitions with a permanent collection of works by Ernest de Saisset, a 19th century Santa Clara student who studied painting in Paris. Note: The museum is often closed between exhibitions, so call ahead or check the website for open dates.t

Agnews Developmental Center, 4030-4070 Lafayette Street (just off the Montague Expressway). The Agnews Historic Park preserves three buildings from the old California Hospital for the Chronic Insane. Founded in 1889, the facility's original buildings collapsed in the "San Francisco Earthquake" of 1906, killing 117 people. The new buildings, including the still-standing auditorium, clock tower and superintendent's residence, are good examples of early twentieth century Mediterranean Revival architecture, heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts style. The new buildings represented a more modern attitude toward the mentally ill. The smaller buildings with larger windows were designed to comfort and stimulate the mentally ill, rather than imprison them. The state of California moved the last few hundred residents out in the mid 1990's, and sold the campus to Sun Microsystems, who promised to preserve the grounds and buildings, and make the auditorium and executive mansion available for public events. Unfortunately, you cannot get inside to see the very impressive interiors of the buildings, unless you've got a Sun employee badge or are lucky enough to slip in during a meeting or public event. Neither tours nor docents seem to be available. You can visit a small shelter that has public restrooms, as well as historic photographs and information about the hospital.

Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December