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  • The summit of Mount Hamilton. Photo by Laurie Hatch.

Important Travel Information:
During winter, please take extra precaution driving on Mt. Hamilton Road up to Lick Observatory. Snow and black ice can cause hazardous road conditions.


On-site accomodation at Lick Observatory is available for astronomers only; visiting guests should make accomodation arrangements in San Jose.

There are several hotels in the San Jose area to choose from. Make sure to allow an hour from San Jose to the summit of Mt. Hamilton.

Near 101 Freeway & Capitol Expressway Exit

Best Western Lanai Garden Inn & Suites
1575 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
(408) 929-8100

Fontaine Inn San Jose
2460 Fontaine Rd.
San Jose, CA 95121
(408) 270-7666

Motel 6
2560 Fontaine Rd.
San Jose, CA 95121
(408) 270-3131

Fair Field Inn & Suites San Jose Airport
1755 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95111
(408) 453-3133

Downtown San Jose

Hilton San Jose
300 S Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 287-2100

Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown
282 S Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-0400

Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
211 S 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 282-8800

Joseph D. Grant County Park Campground

Year-round campgrounds are available on Mt. Hamilton Road, at the base of the mountain. Call (408) 274-6121 or e-mail for more information.