Six Flags Magic Mountain’s deep coaster lineup and location may necessitate an overnight stay to get the most out of your visit if you’re not a Southern California local. 

In February 2023, I wanted to stay as close as possible to the park to get there well before the scheduled opening on a busy holiday weekend. The closest hotel was the Hilton Garden Inn Valencia — just a three-minute drive from the Magic Mountain parking gate — which cost me $137 for the night through

I’ve found Hilton Garden Inns to be among the most consistently clean and comfortable of the three-star chain hotels and this Six Flags location only reinforced that positive view. Check out my video room tour and review to hear more of my thoughts on the accommodations and why this is one of the safest bets if you want to stay close to Magic Mountain.