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Yosemite to San Jose scenic/lunch stops?

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Yosemite to San Jose scenic/lunch stops?

Hi, after much deliberation we have finally decided on our itinerary ... we will be overnighting in Oakhurst and after breakfast driving to San Jose for an overnight stop.

We pretty much have the whole day to do the drive, and would appreciate help finding a couple of places to break the drive for an hour or so. Are there any specific scenic routes or stops along the way? It will be fall so it will get dark earlyish so a nice place for lunch would be great ... thanks.

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1. Re: Yosemite to San Jose scenic/lunch stops?

For the most part, this is a boring drive. You have to cross the central valley which is largely agricultural - it can be interesting to see the fields, but there isn't really any reason to stop on the way though, except at road side fruit stands when you find them. It will be fall though, so the summer fruit season will be coming to an end or over.

Once you get closer to San Jose, the town of San Juan Bautista is worth a stop - it has a restored/recreated old town square and a mission, so you get an idea of Spanish and Mexican California were like. There are some restaurants and shops there too.

Gilroy is about 20 minutes south of SJ and is an outlet shopping mecca.

I am curious about the choice to overnight in SJ. Most people don't choose it for vacations.

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2. Re: Yosemite to San Jose scenic/lunch stops?

We are staying with old friends who live there before flying to LV the next day ... so just to see them.

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3. Re: Yosemite to San Jose scenic/lunch stops?

Casa De Fruta is an interesting stop......haven't been there for years, but I am assuming it is still there, as we have ordered dried fruit from their website over the holidays.......

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4. Re: Yosemite to San Jose scenic/lunch stops?

That makes sense :-)

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