Destination guide

Make a base in Silicon Valley

Santa Clara is in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, so many visitors here are business travelers and academics who choose a Santa Clara vacation rental when visiting the high-tech corporations and prestigious learning and research institutions in the region. But Santa Clara has much to offer leisure travelers too, with great shopping and dining, fascinating history, and family-friendly activities – including the California’s Great America theme park. It’s also home to the San Francisco 49ers, who play at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium.

Things to do

Explore Santa Clara and beyond

Santa Clara’s most famous attraction is probably California’s Great America theme park – a fun family day out with rollercoasters, rides, and a waterpark. However, it’s worth making time to explore Santa Clara’s history too. Head to Mission Santa Clara, where artifacts from bygone eras can be viewed inside the church, or the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History. Santa Clara is just a short drive from downtown San Jose, and its shopping, dining, and attractions, which include the Tech Museum of Innovation and the San Jose Children’s Museum. The sights and sounds of San Francisco are also less than an hour’s drive away from your Santa Clara vacation rental.


Football passion in Santa Clara

During football season, any visit to Santa Clara must include tickets to a game at the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium. The roar and cheers of the crowd, the great play, and even the traditional pre- and post-game hospitality all add up to one unmissable sporting experience. Even if you’re staying at your Santa Clara vacation rental in spring or summer, you can still enjoy the museum dedicated to the 49ers at the stadium, or the live music concerts and entertainment events held there.


Head to the park in Santa Clara

Despite being relatively close to San Francisco, Santa Clara's climate doesn’t share the foggy and cool conditions normally experienced there. During the summer, Santa Clara generally enjoys warm and sunny days, and its winters are mild. In the dry and sunny summer months, Santa Clara’s Central Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. The 52-acre park has a beautiful lake, shady trees, several picnic areas, rolling green lawns, and hosts the city’s free Concerts in the Park series at its Pavilion. Later, in September, the Park hosts the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival to raise money for local charities.

Natural features

Going nature-spotting near Santa Clara

Santa Clara’s only natural open space is the Ulistac Natural Area. This park contains the last 40 acres of natural, undeveloped land in Santa Clara along the Guadalupe River, and has an important role to play in the conservation of migratory birds. You can enjoy hiking, biking, and birdwatching among its tall grasses, shaded pathways, and marshes. To experience Californian nature on a grander scale, head west for an hour to reach Big Basin Redwoods State Park. These dark, forested mountains, clad in lofty Californian Redwoods, stretch right to the Pacific Coast. On its trails, you can admire ancient trees, sparse chaparral, and enchanting waterfalls.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Santa Clara

The nearest airport is in San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), located 2.5 mi (4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview), which is 8.3 mi (13.4 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Santa Clara Station or Santa Clara Great America Station and explore the city from there. You can get around Santa Clara by catching a ride on the metro at Great America Station, Old Ironsides Station or Lick Mill Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Santa Clara, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 623 vacation rentals around Santa Clara. From 220 condo and apartment rentals to 291 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Clara?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Clara:

  • North San Jose: 112 vacation rentals
  • Downtown San Jose: 203 vacation rentals
  • East San Jose: 49 vacation rentals
  • Berryessa: 57 vacation rentals
  • Willow Glen: 168 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Santa Clara?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santa Clara. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Great America Station: 843 vacation rentals
  • Santa Clara Great America Station: 836 vacation rentals
  • California's Great America: 826 vacation rentals
  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center: 838 vacation rentals
  • Levi's Stadium: 834 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Clara listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Santa Clara?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 220 Condos/Apartments in Santa Clara. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Clara include:

  • Houses: 291 rentals available
  • Studios: 195 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 25 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Clara?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 160 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Clara. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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