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Danville is in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area, just south of Mount Diablo.

Get in

Interstate 680 is the only highway through the small town of Danville. From Oakland, take Highway 24 east through the Caldecott tunnel, then follow 680 south from Walnut Creek. From the South Bay, take 680 north.

Get around

Danville is small enough that most of the downtown area can be accessed on foot. However it is spread out enough that moving from area to area will require a car. There is essentially no public transit within the town.

See

  • Eugene O'Neill Tao House, +1 925 838-0249. By reservation only:. After you make a reservation a bus will pick you up and shuttle you to the Tao House. Nestled in the hills of Danville and overlooking a vast expanse of 680 acres, Tao House was the home of American playwright Eugene O'Neill. O'Neill, who is the only American playwright to receive the Nobel Prize, is best known for his startling use of dramatic realism, which is mostly associated with the Russian and Scandinavian stage. Most of O'Neill's work focuses on people on the fringes of society or on his own unhappy life. Interesting for visitors to Tao House, O'Neill employed feng shui (decades before it was trendy) in the design of the house, where he lived from 1937 until 1944. His intention was to write a cycle of eleven plays based on one American family while at the house. Instead, his chronic depression and alcoholism worsened and he was unable to complete the cycle. Still, three of his best-known and more personal plays, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten, were written at Tao House.
  • Mt Diablo State Park. Has its southern entrance through Danville's close neighbor, Diablo.

Do

The Blackhawk Automotive Museum is a showpiece museum in the Blackhawk Plaza area.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley, a local area history museum is housed in the old train depot on Railroad Avenue in the Downtown area. [1]

Sycamore Valley Park on Camino Tassajara. The park has 3 lanes to play boche ball, a playground, and artificial turf fields, as well as access to hiking trails.

Osage Station Park on Brookside Drive. [2] The site of many youth soccer and baseball games, Osage is home to a running track, memorial rose garden, playground and fountains, and expansive views of Mt. Diablo.

The Iron Horse Trail, formerly the railroad for the Southern Pacific railroad, is a picturesque, paved multi-use trail that runs through downtown Danville, down to Dublin in the south and Concord in the north.

Many residential streets in west Danville provide direct access to Las Trampas Regional Wilderness.

Buy

Danville has a quaint downtown with interesting shops and eateries. In the Blackhawk area, a large shopping mall, Blackhawk Plaza, fancies high-end shops, excellent restaurants, and the Blackhawk Auto Museum.

Eat

While good ethnic cuisines are available around town, the bright spots lean heavily toward western influenced cuisine.

In Downtown on Hartz Ave. you have the option of high end dining such as The Peasant and the Pear, Bridges, or Faz. If you are looking for a local favorite, you might want to try Dominico's or Pete's Brass Rail for lunch, which are more affordable. The area near San Ramon Valley High School features many simple budget options for lunch. Mid range options include Chow, Basil Leaf Cafe and Thai House Restaurant.

High end dining options are also available outside of the downtown area. The Livery, a plaza just south of downtown is host to Forbes Mill, a steakhouse. Just over the I-680 freeway from the Livery is Cafe Esin. Blackhawk Grille is a staple in the Blackhawk Plaza.

Drink

Elliott's bar is a local watering-hole located on Hartz Avenue that was established in 1907. It has cheap domestic beer, shuffleboard, and a patio in the back. A few doors down, the Crown pub is a British bar serving quality beer on tap and great fish and chips. Within walking distance of these bars is That Bar, a lively piano bar, and Pete's Brass Rail with a large selection of beers. On Saturday nights, The Dog, near the end of Hartz Avenue, features $1 beers.

Sleep

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Routes through Danville
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