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Solvang Tours

Solvang
Just over the hill from sunny Santa Barbara lie the Santa Ynez Valley and the small, Danish-style town of Solvang. Founded in 1911 by a group of Danish teachers, Solvang (Danish for “sunny field”) is now a bustling hub of activity, ripe with wine-tasting rooms, a fairy-tale-esque downtown, and all sorts of quirky shops.

The Basics

The true flavor of Solvang lies in its quiet, tree-lined streets, half-timber Danish-style buildings, and ample shops, restaurants, and bakeries, not to mention its annual Danish Days festival. Other cultural attractions include the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, dedicated to Denmark's most famous author. Solvang is also a popular stop for cyclists, with numerous cycling-related events held in and around town—the Tour of California often passes through, too.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Solvang is a must-visit for anyone interested in Danish culture in North America.
  • With good facilities for cyclists, the town is a popular stop for cycle tours.
  • Parking is free across Solvang, with free daytime RV parking at Veterans Memorial Hall.
  • Most of the town’s shops and attractions are wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
Solvang is located roughly 35 miles north of Santa Barbara, and the journey between the two cities takes around 45 minutes to an hour during moderate traffic. The area around Solvang is full of vineyards and wineries, and Santa Ynez is under a 10-minute drive away. As public transportation in the area is spotty, the easiest way to visit the town is by renting a car or coming as part of an organized tour.

When to Get There

Solvang is a year-round destination, though it's at its most crowded during the summer months. While summers here can be quite hot, things start to cool off in September, just in time for the Danish Days cultural festival. Solvang’s winters are generally mild, and the town sees fewer visitors then; visit around Christmas to learn how the Danes celebrate the holiday.

Danish Days
Solvang is at its most exciting during the annual Danish Days, a 3-day celebration of all things Danish. The festival features free concerts, a crafts market, historical reenactments, and a variety of culinary events, from eating contests to traditional breakfasts. There's also a beer-and-wine garden and plenty of special activities for kids.
Address: Solvang, California 93463, USA
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3 Tours and Activities to Experience Solvang

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Santa Ynez Valley Biking and Wine Tasting Tour

Santa Ynez Valley Biking and Wine Tasting Tour

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Avoid the stuffy minivans and tour buses that go from winery to winery; instead, enjoy the wind in your hair as you cycle around the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley on this charming cycling tour. Head out from Los Olivos and explore the parks, villages and rural landscapes of the Valley. Enjoy a pair of wine tastings and sample locally-grown, locally-produced food at local farms and vineyards.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private 10-hour tour to Santa Barbara & Solvang from Los Angeles - Hotel pick up

Private 10-hour tour to Santa Barbara & Solvang from Los Angeles - Hotel pick up

Even though there is a lot to see in Los Angeles, a excursion out of the city is also highly recommended. Enjoy a visit of Solvang; a city founded by Danish travellers who wanted to establish a Danish community! It gives you a brief view of Denmark and it is a truly incredible location. We will also enjoy a stop and visit to the city of Santa Barbara. This is also a unique coastal city with incredible views and beautiful panoramic views and it has a Mediterranean vibe.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$760.99
Price varies by group size
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$760.99
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Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang, Los Olivos and Coast from Santa Barbara Day Trip

Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang, Los Olivos and Coast from Santa Barbara Day Trip

Globe Trekkers is all about giving you The VIP and attention you deserve! These are private tours (your party only), hotel pick up and drop off included, you call the stops, we take your photos for you, And we offer complimentary snacks and drinks. This private jeep tour will pick up guest at the location of their choice in Santa Barbara. The first stop will be the beautiful historic mission. The views from here are breathtaking. Guest will be driven up the coast to El Capitain Beach. The tour continues as we wander the beautiful Danish inspired setting of Solvang, complete with; windmills, wooden shoes, wineries, museums, and olive oil tasting. After lunch we will head to Los Olivos to explore more wineries and shops. The final end to the tour before being taken back to Santa Barbara is a drive through the beautiful oaks and rolling hills up to The Neverland Ranch gate. This was the home of legendary pop star Michael Jackson.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$850.00
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