<p>With a population of 109,000, Santa Clara, California is at the center of what is known as the Silicon Valley. Home to any number of large high technology companies, it is also home to a major university.Ê</p>
The VTA, or Santa Clara Transportation Authority, has a robust system of busses servicing Santa Clara and many of the cities surrounding it. CalTrain offers convenient service into San Francisco, opening up Santa Clara to the BART system. Santa Clara is closest to San Jose International Airport, located only 4 miles from the city center.
<p>With San Francisco just up the road and a real draw for people who live in Santa Clara, there's still plenty to do right at home. California's Great America is popular with tourists and locals both. It is an amazing water park/amusement park with something for adults as well as kids. Biking, hiking and all other outdoor recreational pursuits are well covered in this city too.</p>
Cuisine For All Types
<p>Once in your Santa Clara apartment, you'll start discovering how great the restaurants are too. From places that appeal to a sophisticated palate to good old American bar food, you'll find it easily. 71 Saint Peter and Le Papillon both combine fantastic food with wonderful atmosphere, while the Neto Sausage Company offers homemade sausage and even cooks them on a sidewalk grill some days. You'll find fine Asian representation all around the city, and there's bound to be something great within walking distance of your new apartment.</p>
A Cheers to You, Santa Clara
<p>At night, there are a number of sports bars which double as great bars and places to get food. Check out Woodham Sports Lounge and the Sportsman Bar for starters but you'll find similar places throughout the city. They all have a real Cheers type environment. The Poinciana Lounge and Smoke This Hookah Lounger are both great dive type bars to look in on. Do some hard core dancing at The Cardiff Lounge or if you're on a budget, the city has weekly concerts on Thursday nights downtown.</p>