Santa Clara, San Francisco Bay Area
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Santa Clara is a city in the U.S. state of California. It is situated in Santa Clara County, bordered by San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino. Santa Clara is the ninth most populated city in the Bay Area. The area was founded in 1777 as the eighth site of 21 California Missions. The city was incorporated in 1852. The historic Mission and Mission Gardens are located at Santa Clara University, which is the oldest university in the state. Santa Clara is also home to Mission College.
Santa Clara is located in the middle of Silicon Valley. Corporations with office space or other facilities in the city include Intel, Applied Materials, NVIDIA, Agilent Technologies, Affymetrix, Atheros, Extreme Networks, Intevac, McAfee, National Semiconductor, OmniVision Technologies, Palo Alto Networks, PMC-Sierra, Rovi, Synaptics, Marvell Technology Group, and Trident Microsystems.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are many things to see and do in Santa Clara. This city is home to California’s Great America, an amusement park and water park. Santa Clara is also home to the headquarters and practice facilities for the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. Santa Clara is building a 68,500 seat stadium for the San Francisco 49ers that will be used by the team for the 2014 season. At which time the 49ers will move their seasonal games from San Francisco to Santa Clara bringing with them sporting tourism. Highly rated dining options in Santa Clara include Athena Grill, Fiorillo’s Restaurant, Pizza Chicago, Orenchi Ramen, SGD Tofu House, Jang Su Jang, and Birk’s Restaurant.
The nearest major airport to Santa Clara is San Jose International Airport. This airport operates national and global flights from San Jose, California and is just 5 miles from the city center. Two additional airports are nearby, including San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport. The city is served by Amtrak train service, as well as Caltrain and ACE commuter rail. There is also light-rail service and bus service in Santa Clara.