Silicon Valley is known as the global center of tech, startups, and innovation. San Jose is the largest city in Silicon Valley and northern California — and one of America’s most culturally vibrant cities. We have some of the best academic and research institutions in the world as well as great outdoor activities nearby, such as hiking through redwood forests, strolling along the Pacific coast, and cycling in the sun all-season. Did you know we’re called Silicon Valley because of the semiconductor industry? And yes, we starred in a hit TV-series.