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The best time to visit the USA is either during spring (late March to late May) or autumn (late September to late October). These are the shoulder seasons before and after summer, so promise mild temperatures and fewer visitors in the most popular destinations.
From east to west, the U.S. measures 2,680 kilometres across – and in that range there are five climate regions. So, the best time to visit the USA really does depend on what specific location you have in mind. If you’re not fussed, then spring and autumn are generally the most pleasant times to be in the U.S.
Lasting from mid-March to late May, spring brings warm temperatures and beautiful natural scenery to the national parks, forests and wetlands of southern states like California, Florida and Nevada. The northern states and cities take some time to catch up – but when they do, the likes of New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago become popular city break destinations. Similarly, ‘fall’ guarantees pleasant temps and mesmerising autumnal landscapes in many parts of the country. So for lovers of outdoor activities like hiking, biking and camping, these shoulder seasons are the perfect time to make the trip.
Monthly weather and travel tips for United States
After the excitement of Christmas, things are much quieter across the USA in January. The northern states, in particular, can feel bleak with short days and heavy snowfall affecting many regions. So you’ll need to take your thickest winter coat to stay toasty in cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia, which hosts its annual Mummers Parade on New Year's Day. Instead of avoiding the snow, embrace it at ski resorts like Park City, Utah, and Aspen, Colorado – both famed for their powder skiing and the latter for the Winter X Games competition held at the end of the month.
By contrast, southern states like Florida, Louisiana and Texas are much warmer with average highs of 16–18°C. Southern California also draws its fair share of sun seekers in January, mainly to the beaches of Orange County and laid-back San Diego, or the desert landscapes of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and Death Valley. But Hawaii is the place to go if you really want to escape the winter blues, with temperatures fixed in the low to mid 20s every day.
In February, the days are cold and dark across many of the northern states. However, it’s a great time to enjoy cosy mountain resorts and take advantage of discount prices in major destinations like Chicago and Washington D.C. You could time your trip with Presidents Day (a national holiday) on the third Monday of the month, or the Superbowl – America’s biggest sporting event of the year. Alternatively, head into the wilderness of Wyoming and Montana for wolf-watching safaris and dog-sledding adventures – but be sure to wrap up in your warmest clothes.
In the southwest, tourists flock to the Grand Canyon to see it in its snow-dusted winter glory, while further east in New Orleans locals and visitors alike will be gearing up for the legendary parades and masquerade balls of the Mardi Gras festival held at the end of the month. It’s much warmer down here during February, so if you plan to go then pack lighter clothing and a colourful costume to don on the night.
With the first buds of spring, many Americans – particularly those in the south – can start to think about festivals and holidays once more. States like Georgia, Tennessee and California are warming nicely, and it’s during March that huge crowds of young Americans descend on Florida to spend their spring break. This is the warmest part of the country, with average highs of about 22°C and more beaches than you can shake a snorkel at.
But the change isn’t quite so obvious further north, where continued snowfall keeps the ski season going strong in states like Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. You’ll need to wear plenty of layers if you’re planning a trip to the likes of Boston or New York – two cities which battle it out for the best St. Patrick’s Day parades every year. And come the end of the month there’s nowhere better than Washington D.C., where hundreds of pink and white cherry blossoms bloom around the capital’s Tidal Basin in coincidence with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
In April, the northern states can finally begin to shake off the winter chill. Temperatures can climb into the mid teens and sunny days start rolling in. However, much of the snow is replaced by rain – especially in coastal regions including New England and the Pacific Northwest – so it’s best to come prepared for wet and windy weather.
Down south, it’s road-tripping season. If you’re planning a cross-country junket, April is a great month to see the southern national parks while avoiding the summer crowds. Those in Utah and Arizona are excellent options to explore while en route to Las Vegas, Nevada. The world’s gambling capital isn’t too hot this time of year, and hosts its annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer at the start of the month. Other major events taking place in April include California’s Coachella Music Festival, Miami’s Wine and Food Festival, New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival and The Boston Marathon. Easter Sunday and Earth Day (22 April) are celebrated nationwide.
April showers bring May flowers – or so the saying goes. By now, most of the US will be swathed in great patches of green and vibrant wildflowers in full bloom. With daily highs of 18–23°C, it’s also warm enough to explore northern metropolises like New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. without worrying about the cold – though you might want to take a light waterproof jacket just in case.
These peak conditions make May a prime time to experience the country’s natural wonders too. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Utah’s many national parks turn into geological wonderlands, particularly as the wildlife comes out of hibernation, while California’s Death Valley is primed for sensational Milky Way views. The month’s big event is Cinco de Mayo – a celebration of Mexican culture with live music, dance and family-friendly activities in locations across the nation. Memorial Day, one of the country’s biggest public holidays, arrives on the last Monday of the month, marking the start of the summer holiday season.
The beginning of June is arguably the sweet spot of the US calendar. For a week or two, the weather is warm and sunny nearly everywhere you go, and tourist numbers are yet to peak. It’s a great time to visit national parks such as California’s Yosemite, when the waterfalls are at their most spectacular as the high-altitude snow causes rushing meltwater. The festival season is also in full swing, with major events including Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (Manchester, Tennessee) and the legendary San Francisco Pride parade taking place.
Further north, temperatures will be a little fresher but still consistently warm – especially in waterfront cities like Cleveland, Providence and Atlantic City. There’s no shortage of events either. Take Chicago’s Blues Festival – a free, three-day party celebrating blues and jazz – or New York’s aqua-themed Mermaid Parade on Coney Island. But the main attraction is ‘Summerfest’, held each June in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and currently the USA’s largest music festival.
July is one of the hottest and most crowded months to visit the U.S. With schools broken up for summer, American families join tourists in the national parks and beach resorts up and down the country, so you’ll need to make reservations well in advance. Temperatures stay comfortably within the high twenties and hit the mid thirties in southwestern cities like Austin, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona. It’s more humid in the east, but occasional thunderstorms help to mitigate the heat.
If you time your visit right, the 4 July celebrations are not to be missed. Taking place all over the country, America’s Independence Day is honoured with parades, parties, fireworks and all things red, white and blue. July is also ideal for exploring the otherwise rainy Pacific Northwest, with cities such as Seattle and Portland coming into their own. The former hosts the Bite of Seattle food festival in July, while the latter goes craft beer crazy at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Other July highlights include Santa Fe’s Folk Art Festival and Taste of Chicago – the largest food festival on the planet.
Expect sweltering heat in August, with daytime temperatures rarely dropping below the mid thirties in the south. It’s also incredibly humid in some eastern cities and regions, from which the best escape will be your nearest waterfront. But brace yourself – most beaches are packed with city dwellers and families cramming in a summer holiday before school restarts. However, that also means lower rates and thinner crowds in otherwise crowded destinations like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The good news is that the USA has thousands of miles of glorious coastline on offer – from the shorelines of New England to the beaches of the Carolinas and Southern California’s Pacific Coast. You could also take the opportunity to explore mountainous national parks such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton, both in Wyoming, or those found in Alaska, which enjoys long and mild days during August. Elsewhere, the Iowa State Fair runs in state capital Des Moines for most of the month, while tennis fans clamber to see world pros take to the court at New York’s thrilling US Open.
September brings calm and cooler temperatures to much of the US, with only the hottest cities in the south recording daytime temperatures higher than 30°C. It’s worth bearing in mind that September also marks the start of hurricane season in Florida, so it’s probably best to avoid. The month kicks off with Labor Day – a national holiday which signals the unofficial end of summer, involving big parties and barbecue cookouts up and down the country. New York’s Electric Zoo music festival and the Detroit Jazz Festival are two notable examples.
Other important days in September include Patriot Day, which commemorates the events of 9/11, and Constitution Day on 17 September. California’s wine harvest also occurs in September, while beer and bratwurst lovers rejoice with the arrival of Oktoberfest to cities such as Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. But the ultimate party is none other than Burning Man – a nine-day jamboree of electro music, mesmerising artwork and community spirit in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
The Prophet's Birthday
World Tourism Day
World Maritime Day
World Rabies Day
World Heart Day
First Day of Sukkot
Temperatures tumble in October, as the transitional season brings enthralling autumnal colours to the northern states. It's not too cold though, so you can comfortably explore the forests of New England and seek out the best viewpoints to admire the kaleidoscopic canopies. Other autumn leaf hotspots in the US include the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, and Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.
The southern states cool down but still cling to warm temperatures, so now would be a good time to experience the dazzling lights and sights of Las Vegas. Further south, Fantasy Fest – Key West's answer to Mardi Gras – brings tens of thousands to the subtropical enclave in the ten days before Halloween. The 31 October holiday is one of the most exciting events of the year, with Halloween-themed parades taking place in New York, Los Angeles and Salem, Massachusetts
International Day of Older Persons
World Vegetarian Day
Child Health Day
World Habitat Day
International Day of Non-Violence
Feast of St Francis of Assisi
World Teachers' Day
World Cerebral Palsy Day
Last Day of Sukkot
Leif Erikson Day
Native Americans' Day
Tourist numbers drop off sharply in November, as winter takes hold. Cold winds blow through many of the northern states, bringing plenty of rain and even snowfall to some. Down in Florida, the end of hurricane season triggers the start of a warm but drier period that’s ideal for visiting the theme parks of Orlando. So what you pack really does depend on which region you visit, as the north and south climates differ significantly at this time of year.
Veterans Day is held on 11 November, while Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of the month. Of the many national celebrations that occur on this day, the most famous is the Macy’s Day Parade in New York, renowned for its giant floats and marching bands. The following day is Black Friday – a major date in the Christmas shopping calendar with stores offering hefty discounts all over the country. If you’re visiting New York, you might also want to consider a trip up to Boston to follow the Freedom Trail and discover where the American Revolution began.
Veterans Day observed
Day After Thanksgiving
American Indian Heritage Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Day After Thanksgiving
Day After Thanksgiving
Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Day After Thanksgiving
All Saints' Day
World Vegan Day
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
All Souls' Day
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
World Science Day for Peace and Development
Marine Corps Birthday
World Pneumonia Day
World Diabetes Day
International Day for Tolerance
World Philosophy Day
World Prematurity Day
World Toilet Day
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
International Men's Day
Universal Children's Day
Africa Industrialization Day
World Television Day
December is a busy month in the US. Not only do the streets of major cities become filled with Christmas shoppers, but it’s also the month that ski season kicks off in the Rockies. Resorts in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah bustle with winter sports lovers, determined to make the most of the fresh snowfall, while cities across the east and midwest are illuminated with incredible festive displays, including European-style markets and ice-skating rinks. You’ll need to wrap up if visiting the north in December – and it’s best to make reservations well in advance in order to avoid the highest rates.
Elsewhere, southern destinations like Miami and San Diego are still warm enough so that you can walk around in a t-shirt. Christmas Day itself is taken as a national holiday, while New Year’s Eve sees amazing fireworks displays all over the nation. New York’s Times Square is a legendary spot, where the ‘time ball’ descends a flagpole during the minute-long countdown to midnight. December is also the best time of year to see the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the northern lights, throughout Alaska.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Christmas Eve observed
Day After Christmas Day
Rosa Parks Day
World AIDS Day
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
First Sunday of Advent
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
World Soil Day
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
St Nicholas Day
International Civil Aviation Day
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
International Anti-Corruption Day
World Genocide Commemoration Day
Human Rights Day
International Mountain Day
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
National Guard Birthday
Last Day of Chanukah
Bill of Rights Day
Knowing the best time to visit the U.S. depends on what you’re looking for in a trip. If weather is your main concern, then it’s worth bearing in mind that the USA contains five distinct climate regions that vary significantly at any given time of the year. However, the most pleasant temperatures generally occur during spring and autumn across most of these regions.
The Northeast – home to cities such as New York, Boston and Philadelphia – gets average highs of 9°C during spring and 11°C during autumn, with frequent showers across the region. In contrast, the sun-kissed cities of the Southwest like Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego bask in temperatures of 12–17°C through both shoulder seasons. Further up the West Coast, Portland and Seattle are cooler and wetter, being in the states of Oregon and Washington respectively. Late spring temperatures are warmer in Midwest hotspots like Chicago and Columbus but can get chilly in autumn, while Southeast cities like Miami and Orlando, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana, experience average highs of 19–22°C in both seasons.
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Sightseeing, Shopping, City Walks
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Theme Parks, Universal Studios, Shopping
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Entertainment, Nightlife, Gambling
Popular in August
Sightseeing, Beach, Universal Studios
Popular in December
Shopping, Beach, Nightlife
Popular in August
Sightseeing, City Walks, Scenery
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Fantastic places and history and also the picturesque Riverwalk The only slight negative was being asked for money etc by the homeless people on the streets which isn’t all their own fault but I come from an area where I get that every day and go on holidays to get away from all of that but it’s the harsh reality of a global situation
Quaint small town with interesting mining and agricultural history, multiple cafes and restaurants, and great hiking opportunities nearby (e.g., Volcan Mountain; Santa Ysabel East & West Preserves; Cuyamaca State Park; Anza-Borrego Desert State Park).
Visited a college. Didn't see much around the town.
It's a great hotel for the price and area you are in. Staff is friendly. Just don't count on reserving ahead or knowing the correct price.
I love being in Grand Haven . I would really love to move here but when your in a wheelchair and on Disability it’s hard to find apartments or any type of housing for us that are based on income. There our a lot of homeless people here and living in cheap motels. It very hard .
We appreciate the proximity of Sonesta Select - Greenbelt to the Greenbelt Metro station! Due to our schedule, we have not eaten out at a local restaurant yet; we generally bring our food with us. It is easy to get around Greenbelt by car and by bus, and we have seen people using bicycles and scooters. There is nothing that we would avoid in Greenbelt, MD.
Beautiful scenery plenty to do. Easy access to the freeway and businesses.
I’m minutes from my old hood, and can easily drive to my ladies book club, which I might add is led by the author of many mystery books, and you can look her up and turn green with envy she is in our book club, the magnificent Mary Kubica!
Pretty little city on the shore of Lake Bemidji and the the home of Bemidji State University. Lots of outdoor activities in the parks and on the lake. Great for camping and enjoying the outdoors.
we enjoying our stay, very clean and the staff were friendly, clean towel and linen everyday. Thank you.
The property was great with such a wonderful ambiance. The Front desk was very courteous and friendly. The Restuarant was good. I enjoyed my recent stay.
visited for a family wedding, you do need a car to get around, visited Plymouth rock & saw the mayflower 2 food places are spread out but there are plenty. looks like centre parcs in the uk
Beaches are clean! Near by restaurants were all good.
Everything was great. It is near the highway. Lot of places to eat nearby. Well lit area. Very clean, feels safe.
To busy for me but a wonderful tourist town, lots of interesting historical sites to see, beautiful bay area, lots of food choices. Weird road setup we were always going blocks out of our way and having to make u- turns to get to where we wanted to go. Because of the median things running between the lanes. We ate at an Italian place I think it was called Pino' s it was great!
Nice little bowling alley with friendly owner/manager working there. People in the Chinook pharmacy were nice too. Good location for visiting beautiful Hoh rainforest (45 minutes drive away).
We were in Freeport to visit our sister-in-law who had recently been put in a care center.
I would recommend the bar called Pho across from the hotel - very friendly staff and only a few steps away. We ate at the Thai Dish, a small restaurant just a few hundred yards from the hotel. The food was good and the service excelent.
Denver is on the map. Plenty of attractions and things to do
Business trip so I didn't have the opportunity to enjoy what Holbrook had to offer. The hotel was adequate, exceptions are amenities in the room and staff attitude. Hotel breakfast excellent. Wind horrible this time of year.
There’s plenty of casinos for us to see and there was a lot of fun activities for the entire family
Quiet small town safe place to relax and get away for a couple of days. Town residents are friendly. But most of the businesses do close early.
The hotel is Right beside a very good Shopping Center and Grocery store. you can easily walk to
Didn’t really see much of Bethesda as we stayed here to visit Washington, a 30min easy train ride away!
Brooklyn can be accommodating for any traveller whether its business or pleasure.
The American River Inn is an architectural gem filled with professionally curated art, whose host and staff are exceptional. I'll certainly go back!
It was conveniently located off of major highways. Also staff was friendly helpful and Wantagh Park was adjacent to the hotel. Not far from Jones Beach.
If you want peace and quiet I would definitely stay here. I felt comfortable staying here and felt at home.
i like all live oak trees so relaxing . but what is not relaxing is to find a place to EAT.
Trip was to visit with immediate family - restaurant lunch and dinners were taken at local eateries such as Bob Evans and Buffalo Wild Wings. Circleville is a typical small US town with both small industry and farm roots. It is definitely NOT a tourist town with limited shopping (Walmart) and no parks for picnics. It does have a huge county fair grounds where the county fair and the annual "Pumpkin Fest" are held.
We didn't do much in the Redlands area, but our stay at the Ayres Hotel was great!
The gentleman that checked us in was very friendly! It was late and we had been driving for 14 hrs on our trip home to Indiana from California. It was nice to have a friendly, helpful host! Very comfy beds and pillows and and nice sized room. Very clean as well. Very affordable on a budget. It definitely changed my outlook on motels vs hotels. It was actually nicer and cleaner than a couple of the popular named hotels that we stayed at on our trip! We would definitely stay there again!
Lots to offer for overnight or even a couple days. We were bicycling and stayed downtown - lots of restaurants and bars, some galleries and nice waterfront. Great stay!
Enjoyed the grounds and the Rose River just behind the house. Liked the lodge restaurant, very homey, and the only breakfast buffet I've ever been to that I thought the scrambled eggs were actually very good.
This was just a one-night road stop for me but the property was very tidy, has a full restaurant and bar in the lobby and was convenient.
Most everything is 15 minutes or less away throughout the whole Buffalo area- lots of routes available and plenty of stores, restaurants, etc to choose from
The Museum near Hanover was awesome. Hit 3 different restaurant/diners and the food was adequate but not exceptional. Local people everywhere make the area a great place to visit.
Friendly people. Ft. Ontario is beautiful and interesting. Lots of history. Good food. Stunning river and lake views. Harborfest was a lot of fun for the music lover.
What a lovely hotel. Located on the edge of Broomfield within walking distance of the RTD bus for rides into Denver. Very comfortable, great facilities and friendly host service. Decent price, all in all nothing not to like!
I was surprised that Paso Robles had such a nice and funky downtown. There are about four or five blocks of very nice and unique restaurants and stores. The neighborhoods surrounding the downtown are suburbian with cute little houses.
Did not see much Hotel was in an ideal location Went for a graduation
San Ramon is a very nice, safe location in the East Bay. There are many restaurants and shopping options close by and easy access to surrounding cities such as Danville and Walnut Creek. There is easy access to the highway to get you on your way to your adventures.
We didn't spend any time in Shoreline, except for the hotel room.
Oakdale is just a stopover on your way to your destination. Fun place to be during rodeo time.
Cute town--nicer and cleaner than I expected. Nice parks and college campus. Plenty of "regular" people places to shop and eat. Was there during the hot-air balloon festivities that I didn't know happened there. Would be interested in coming back to see that sometime.
While we love Sisters, we were strictly there to be on the Metolius River!!
Troy is a great host! He provides so much during the stay and is wiling to help with whatever you need and checked in with us to make sure we had everything we needed in our room. Accommodations were great and the property is in a beautiful location. He also offered us suggestions on things to do and see and where to eat! Great host and gets 100% from us on our stay.
I was exploring Scranton in Franklin, Forks. Clarks Summit was right in the middle and it was a good location. The hotel was going to Main Street. There was a Mexican restaurant, Krispy, Kreme, dairy Queen, Wells Fargo, and a Sheetz right across the street
Was allowed to check in early. Room was clean except air conditioner filters were gross, i washed them in bathtub. Smelled like weed but that dont bother me ( no, i dont smoke.) Would have liked a refrigerator but we managed. Overall, the price was great, service was good. Would definetly stay again
Love this coastal town. Dawn Lee McKenna has made it famous with "The Forgotten Coast" series of books. They should name a street or avenue after her. Excellent food, fun and friendly people. Be sure to go to the Apalachicola Chocolate shop and visit Richard Bickel for fabulous photography. Love Lynn's Oysters but if she's not open the Blue Parrot Ocean Front Cafe on St George Island has wonderful oysters too!!!
Visiting Cumberland Falls, beautiful area. London Chicken Festival 🐔
Alpharetta is clean with clean stores. Lots of restaurants, chain and locally-owned.
Plenty to do around the area. Great for staying close to the airport, the Fashion Outlet mall and several eateries. Stayed in a few locations in Chicago and really like this one.
Everything was great the only thing we were looking for that we could not find is a place to sit and have a coffee & desert after walking after diner . Other then that great stay.
Clean comfortable room at a reasonable price. No breakfast only coffee
It was awesome. I like the location and the people.
Unique hotel. Needs updates. Outdated bathroom and overall room and hotel. Very loud and noisy staff.
Friendly, friendly, friendly ppl everywhere. Historic and detailed about its history and did I mention about the friendly ppl. Totally enjoyed my stay
Very nice little town, felt the Holiday spirit in each corner. The little shopping area/lake view was just perfect for walking around and getting a waffle cone and a warm apple pie with icecream on top.
forgot to tell you at the Shaw house there was a fold up fire ladder to use if necessary but I couldn't get the window to open so if I had to escape I would have had to break the window somehow..
Very nice and great place for catching up on sleep!!!!!!
Monument Valley is a spectacular place, dominated by the magical rock formations which give it the name. One is completely immersed in the vast redness of the valley, dotted by speckles of green shrubs. To stand there is a truly humbling experience.
The property needs to have some upgrades. Especially, the carpet everywhere at the hallway is very dirty. It needs a deep clean or replacing!! Generally, it's agood location with easy access to the highway. Quiet & friendly staffs.....
A darling town with plenty of interesting restaurants, breweries, sushi, pizza, artisanal bakeries...I so enjoy the historic buildings, very similar to Old Towne VA, but not as pretentious.
Great mid western city with different types of cuisine and culture exists
I like Laughlin as it is a nice relaxing type of town, with a small beach and palm trees along the river, yet has all the restaurants and lively casinos and entertainment. If you want shopping then Bullhead City is right across the Colorado River. There are also lots of places to drive to and explore nearby. I could easily spend an enjoyable week in Laughlin.
Wickenburg is wonderful! In the Nature Preserve you can observe indigenous flora and fauna, it boasts two nice golf course and hiking in the beautiful Sonoran desert. Downtown has fun shopping and holds a beautiful museum—really top notch. Roping and rodeo events are always fun and on special dates you might run into a bluegrass festival or a cowboy poetry event. Wickenburg is the very best small town in America.
Very basic room but clean. Minimal breakfasts. Fine for the price. Would stay again:)
Excellent location, close to Shawnee Mountain Ski area. Very comfort beds and sofa bed. Good breakfast.
Mostly Chinese like me who live here. It's rare to see westerners or even Americans here. I guess we Chinese own this area? Lots of Chinese restaurants are here, all are within 15-20 min walking distance. My fav ones are Golden Sea(Jin Hai), Noodle City(Vietnamese Pho), & Beijing Pie house to the east, Guan dong da yuan, boiling point to the west. You can take bus #70 westbound all the way to Santa Monica Pier!
The city Danville is beautiful, and the other hotels there are nice. But DO NOT STAY AT THE SUPER 8!! We didn't even end up staying and moved over to the Hampton Inn. The matress was blood soaked, no running water, smashed in bathroom door, broken window, and they first gave me the key to someone else's room.