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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
Near San Francisco, in Danville
Eugene O'Neill, the architect of modern American theater and the only Nobel Prize-winning playwright from the United States, lived at Tao House from 1937 to 1944. Here he wrote his final and most successful plays: The Iceman Cometh, Long Days Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Since 1980, the National Park Service has been restoring Tao House and its courtyard and orchards. Reservations are required for park visits, including free transportation to the park and a free guided tour of the home and courtyard. The site was authorized on October 12, 1976.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Facilities: Visitor center, bookstore. Programs & Events: On-site plays in May, June, and Sept. Tips & Hints: Best time to visit is Mar-May and Sept. and Oct. Busiest Apr-June, least crowded in Dec. Stairs only to second floor.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None at site. In Mount Diablo State Park: Juniper (2 mi below the summit on Summit Rd., tel. 800/444-7275; 36 sites; $12-$ 15; flush toilets, showers), Live Oak (1 mi above Southgate entrance station, off Southgate Rd., tel. 800/444-7275; 22 sites; $12-$15; flush toilets, showers), Junction (intersection of Southgate and Northgate Rds.; 6 sites; $12-$ 15; flush toilets, showers). ? Hotels: None at site. In Walnut Creek: Marriott Hotel (2355 N. Main St., tel. 925/934-2000 or 800/228-9290; 338 rooms; $180-$380). X Restaurants: None at site. In Danville: Basil Leaf (501 Hartz Ave., tel. 925/831-2828; $12-$21). Groceries & Gear: None at site. In Danville: Longs (650 San Ramon Valley Blvd., tel. 925/820-1446), Andronico s (345 Railroad Ave., tel. 925/855-8920).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Reservations required to visit the park (tel. 925/838-0249). Visits available Wed.-Sun. 10 am and 12:30 pm.
HOW TO GET THERE
Danville is 26 mi east of San Francisco off 1-680 in San Ramon Valley. Directions to the park shuttle pick-up site are when making reservations. Closest airport: Oakland (20 mi).
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site (Box 280, Danville, CA 94526-0280, tel. 925/838-0249, fax 925/838-9471,). Danville Area Chamber of Commerce (117 E. Town and Country Dr., Danville, CA 94526, tel. 925/837-4400). Mount Diablo State Park (Clayton; take 1-680 to Danville, Diablo Rd. Exit, then 3 mi east to Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd., tel. 925/837-2525).
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