Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA – Day Trip From Santa Barbara

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Solvang attracts numerous visitors every year due to its unique Danish vibes and relaxed laidback settings. Not only the architecture is beautiful but also the backdrop of Santa Ynez Valley and its sunny climate is truly enchanting.  Solvang is also famous for its Danish bakery, gourmet food, and a famous wine county on the central Californian coast.  So let learn about some wonderful and top-listed things to do in Solvang CA with your family and kids during your California road trip itinerary. Solvang is a perfect day trip from Santa Barbara or a weekend trip from Los Angeles. Read some Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA – Day Trip From Santa Barbara.

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Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara

Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA – Day Trip From Santa Barbara

Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara

Location –  How to reach Solvang?

Solvang is located in the Santa Barbara region of Central Coast California and Santa Ynez valley.

By Road

Distance of Solvang from Santa Barbara

Distance of Solvang from Los Angeles – 130 Miles (Approx. 2 Hours and 10 minutes).

By Rail – The nearest railway station is Santa Barbara and you can catch the Amtrak train.

Where to Stay in Solvang?

History – Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA – Day Trip From Santa Barbara

Solvang was established in 1911 when a group of Danish-Americans traveled here from the Midwest to set up a colony in sunny California. In the 1940s, the idea of turning Solvang into a Danish village took shape. Now you can see how this fairyland place looks stunning with Scandinavian facades, architecture, Danish bakeries, and many more things.

Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara

Why SOLVANG is worth visiting?

You will get a taste of Europe in heart of California as this place has European heritage architecture. It is called as “Danish Capital of America”.

Take a walking tour around narrow streets and small alleys. You can find Danish pastries, Danish icons like windmills, historic churches here as these places were established by Danish immigrants and are also well preserved too.

Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara

How to internally commute in Solvang?

Park your car to designated parking slots on reaching Solvang and opt for a nearby trolley, bike path or walk around. The main downtown is small enough to do walking tours or trolley tours.

Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara
Trolley Tours, Solvang CA

Things to do in Solvang – Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA – Day Trip From Santa Barbara

  • Old Santa Ines Mission
  • Walk around the historic town and spot the Little Mermaid fountain, 5 windmills, the giant red clog & Round Tower
  • Shop across 150 boutique shops

    Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara
    Boutiques, Solvang Ca

  • Santa Ynez Valley tour
  • Hans Christian Andersen Museum
  • Wildling Museum
  • Ostrichland USA Ostrichland in Solvang
  • Enjoy shows or concerts at Solvang Festival Theater
  • Food tour to taste Danish delicacies. 

    Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara
    Street side Restaurants in Solvang, CA

  • Visit Bakery and Winery
  • Attend Festivals as Solvang is also known for unique festivities.

Worth Visiting Museums of Solvang

  • Elverhoj Museum.
  • Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum.
  • The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House
  • Hans Christian Andersen Museum.
  • The Mendenhall Museum
  • Wildling Museum of Art and Nature.
  • Thomas Kinkade Places in the Heart Gallery
  • Gerlach Photography.
  • Solvang Antiques. Speciality & Gift Shops • Art Galleries.
Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara
Art & Gift shops, Solvang, CA

Worth Visiting Vineyards and Wine tasting tours

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Santa Ynez Valley is known for vineyards and it produces some of the world-famous wines. Solvang itself boasts of more than 120 vineyards and therefore the tour to Solvang is incomplete without visiting wineries nearby. Check some of the famous wine tasting tours –

  • Cali Love Wine
  • Carivintas Winery
  • Cassa Cassara Winery & Wine Tasting Room
  • CrossHatch Winery
  • Lions Peak
  • Olive House

Throughout September, as part of California Wine Month, enjoy many promotions and events at vineyards.

Solvang as Festival Town 

Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara

Solvang is famous for many festivals. It is believed that Solvang is one of the best Christmassy towns in the USA with all festive vibes and celebrations all around. Some of the best festivals and events of Solvang are

  • Solvang Faeriefist
  • Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest
  • The Mac and Cheese Festival
  • Taste of Solvang
  • Solvang Scarecrow Fest

Nearby Places to visit

Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara
Beaches near Solvang
  • Lake Cachuma Lake Cachuma
  • Mesa Lane Beach
  • Goleta beach   
  • The Gaviota Coast Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara
  • Arroyo Burro Beach County Park 
  • Nojoqui Falls
  • Buellton
Best & Fun Things To Do In Solvang CA - Day Trip From Santa Barbara
Danish Village of California, USA
I hope you loved reading some of the best & fun things to do in Solvang CA – Day Trip From Santa Barbara. The whole Central Coast of California has many natural attractions, cultural towns, rustic villages, rolling vineyards, exotic beaches, sunsets, and many things to do. The drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Pacific Coast Highway 1 is very scenic and must do when you visit California. Solvang is a recommended day trip or weekend trip from Los Angeles.

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