Santa Clara University

Admitted Undergraduate Students

Preview Day Trip Planner

You have enough on your plate, so we took the guesswork out of planning your trip and created this page for you. First, book a hotel using our recommended hotel listing. Then, print transit information or driving directions and our campus map to help navigate your way here. Then, why not make the most out of your trip and plan to see what our infamous location has to offer? 

The following are our recommendations:

Visit Northern California

San Francisco (one hour), Santa Cruz (45 minutes), Monterey Bay (1 hour), Oakland/Berkeley (50 minutes), the renowned Napa Valley wine region (2 hours), Sacramento (2 hours), South Lake Tahoe (3.5 hours), and Yosemite National Park (4 hours). There's also plenty to enjoy right here in the local area.

Local Attractions

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, founded in 1956 as an affordable, sustainable, conservation-centered outdoor adventure for families with children.

The San Jose Flea Market, founded in 1960 and is the largest outdoor flea market in the US with over 120 acres of "treasure".

The Winchester Mystery House is one of the biggest mysteries in history.  It was built by the family that invented the Winchester shot gun and believed to be haunted.  Cost over $5.5 Million dollars to construct and currently has 160 rooms with staircases that lead to nowhere.  Visit if you dare!

California's Great America is Northern CA's biggest and greatest amusement park located only 5 miles from campus.  A must see and do among many SCU students.

The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands on and incredible place that makes science come alive for all ages.  Very fun and located in the heart of Silicon Valley.


Local Sports

The San Jose Sharks, NHL Team,  San Jose Giants, Minor League Baseball, Oakland A's, MLB Team, Oakland Raiders, NFL Team, San Francisco 49ers, NFL Team, Golden State Worriers, NBA team, Sacramento Kings, NBA Team, San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Team, San Jose Sabercates, Arena Football League and the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling team.

Recommended Off Campus Dining

Bill's Café, Frozo's Frozen Yogurt, Hungry Hound, Ike's Place, In-n-out Burger, Jasmine Fine Thai Cuisine, Mio Vicino, Neto's Market and Grill, Pizza My Heart, Santa Clara Farmers Market, Sara's Kitchen, Stan's Donut Shop, The Counter Custom Built Burgers, Yumi Yogurt, Wicked Chicken, and many, many more locations around to enjoy.

We look forward to seeing you at Preview Day.

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