As one historian so eloquently describes it, this is the land of pastoral plenty, of "prunes and apricots, semiconductors and satellites."
Conventioneers already know the way to San Jose. As long as this western-California town is known to the rest of the world as "the Capital of Silicon Valley," its crisp, parky domain -- just 45 minutes southeast of San Francisco -- will be dotted with casually dressed professionals from around the globe, ducking in and out of shuttle buses and toting colorful bundles of promotional goodies.
San Jose's fine spread of restaurants, music clubs and arty boutiques make doing business here a real pleasure. And its amusement parks and festivals make bringing the whole family a hot temptation.
Be warned: Shark-sightings have been known to paralyze the busy little burg with severe bouts of gridlock. (We're referring to San Jose's wildly popular ice-hockey team, of course.) When the Sharks are at play, it's better the traffic-shy stay away.