Introduction to Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara was given its name from the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, one of the many missions that the Spanish created during their rule in California. Although the mission was founded in 1777, the city was not officially incorporated until 1852, about two years after California received statehood. The city is part of the San Jose metropolitan area which is contiguous with the San Francisco metropolitan area, making Santa Clara a component of one of the most heavily populated areas in the United States.
Santa Clara is located in the center of the Silicon Valley, northwest of San Jose, and fifty minutes southeast of San Francisco. The city is a past winner of the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award". In addition, the community is home to five Fortune 1000 business headquarters. Some of the technology companies that call Santa Clara home include Intel and Sun Microsystems. Many other major high tech companies are located in surrounding Silicon Valley communities.
Santa Clara is convenient to freeways including the 101, 280, 880 and more. Santa Clara is also only ten minutes away from San Jose International Airport (SJC).
Santa Clara Arts and Entertainment
Santa Clara and surrounding communities possess many entertainment sources. Some of the most popular include:
- Paramount's Great Adventure, amusement park
- The Triton Museum of Art
- The Intel Museum
- The Leavey Center
- The Santa Clara Convention Center
- The de Saisset Museum
- The world champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps
In addition, the city is only a short drive away from the many other attractions in the communities of the Silicon Valley as well as San Francisco to the North.
Santa Clara also offers entertainment for sports lovers. In fact, the headquarters and practice facilities for the San Francisco 49ers are in Santa Clara. Other nearby professional sports teams include the NHL's San Jose Sharks and the MLB's San Francisco Giants. Santa Clara and nearby communities are also home to many amateur sports facilities. These include the Santa Clara Sporting Club, Fairbrae Swim & Tennis Club, and Los Gatos Swim & Racquet Club. Santa Clara is also home to thirty-eight municipal parks and playgrounds, and the championship Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club.