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Lying right on the outskirts of San Jose are historical buildings like Winchester Mystery House, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium and Japantown. Read on to find out more

Visit the Outskirts of San Jose

Dec 19, 2013

For something a little different, instead of traveling to downtown San Jose, why don’t you hop on to a charter bus and visit the outskirts of the city to enjoy the sights instead? There are lots of other interesting things to see and places to experience just outside downtown.

Buildings on the Outskirts

Winchester Mystery House

  • Where: 525 South Winchester Blvd
  • When: 9am - 7pm
  • What: A house that belonged to Sarah Winchester, a Winchester Rifle heiress who believed that as long as construction at the house continued, she will not be cursed by ghosts who were killed by Winchester guns. The construction of this house took 38 years and the house is filled with mazes, stairs that don’t go anywhere and other weird architecture.
  • How much: Mansion Tour $26 / Behind-the-Scenes Tour $23 / Grand Estate Tour $31

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium

  • Where: 1664 Park Ave
  • When: 9am - 5pm (Weekdays), 11am - 6pm (Weekends)
  • What: This museum exhibits focuses on Ancient Egypt, all funded by the Rosicrucian Order. There is even a replica of an Egyptian tomb as well as a wide collection of mummies and artifacts.
  • How much: General Admission $9 / Seniors & Students $7 / Children (5-10) $5

Streets and Towns of Interest

Santana Row

  • Where: 368 Santana Row
  • What: This street has many European-style shops, restaurants, expensive condos, as well as hotels and a vibrant night life. There is also a farmers market every Sunday where in the summer, you can enjoy free outdoor music. This place is a mecca for designers, as well as many great eateries.


  • Where: Between Jackson and Taylor on 1st-5th Streets
  • What: There are great restaurants here as well as a variety of shops for shopaholics. Many festivals are held at Japantown throughout the year and a all-year round farmers market on Sundays.

Outdoors and Gardens to Relax

Enjoy a relaxing time with beautiful scenery at some of these stunning parks where you can have a picnic, hike, bike, explore, or just enjoying the beautiful plants and flowers.

Heritage Rose Garden
Where: Spring St and Taylor St

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
Where: Naglee Ave between Dana Ave and Garden Dr

Alum Rock Park
Where: Nestled in the Eastern foothills of Silicon Valley

Take a scenic trip with your friends and family to enjoy the many places the outskirts of San Jose have to offer. Go in a group to make things livelier by booking a coach bus at 1-800-304-1993.