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Explore Solvang with our 1-4 day suggested travel itineraries. Find things to do outdoors, indoors and all around the Santa Ynez Valley. Learn the history and culture of the Chumash area, explore our many different museums and ride a surrey bike, or even go cycling in the scenic countryside. Of course, you will want to visit wine tasting rooms and the numerous vineyards with a variety of wines and grapes.

Breakfast at an authentic Danish restaurant, wine and dine your way through the village.

Play golf, go fishing or take a nature cruise at Lake Cachuma, stroll the European-style streets around the village of Solvang; hop aboard the historic horse-drawn Solvang Trolley, ride your bike on scenic country roads.

SOLVANG SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARIES 

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A Solvang Walking Tour

Meander through the tidy, flower-lined streets of this pedestrian-friendly village to view the Danish architecture and large European style windmills, a clock tower plus statues of Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid fountain.

You can spend a peaceful day strolling the streets of Solvang.

MORNING

Start your day with breakfast at an authentic Danish restaurant or bakery. Don’t miss the popular aebleskiver-deliciously light and airy Danish pancake balls dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam. Take a stroll around the pedestrian-friendly village enjoy picturesque architecture including several windmills, a clock tower that plays seasonal tunes plus statues of Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid. Be sure to look for ornamental storks perched on roofs-they are considered good luck in Denmark and Solvang!

AFTERNOON

Savor a smorgaasbord to taste frikadeller (meatballs), medisterpolse (sausage), and other Danish favorites for lunch. A shopper’s paradise, Solvang’s streets are filled with  stores offering unique treasures, handmade lace, music boxes, clocks, jewelry, porcelain, Danish arts and crafts. To learn more about Solvang’s history, visit the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art with its delightfully decorated period rooms, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the Solvang Amber Museum, the Solvang Viking Museum and the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, or the national historic landmark 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés.

EVENING

Wine and dine your way through the village with a variety of cuisines to choose – from Danish of course, to Italian, Chinese and gourmet California wine country fare. There are an array of wine tasting rooms downtown (segments of the Oscar-winning movie Sideways were filmed in Solvang), so be sure to sample some of the local wines. In the summer, take in a performance at the acclaimed PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theater outdoor theatre. Stay, play and relax in the California’s “Little Denmark.”

4 Days in Solvang

Enjoy several relaxing days in the Santa Ynez Valley

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4 Days in Solvang

Enjoy several relaxing days in the Santa Ynez Valley

DAY ONE

Stroll the European-style streets around the village of Solvang; hop aboard the historic horse-drawn Solvang Trolley for a tour or rent a “surrey cycle” to roll through the village.

Sample the Danish bakeries and foods and shop for art and antiques.

Learn about history at the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art or the 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés.

In the summer, enjoy professional theater productions under the stars from PCPA at Solvang Festival Theater. Year-round entertainment happens nearby at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez offering 24/7/365 gaming and weekly top-name concerts and live entertainment in the Samala Showroom.

DAY TWO

Do some delicious wine touring and tasting throughout the Valley with more than 70 vineyards and tasting rooms to choose between. Go on your own or sign up for a limo, van or even a jeep tour with professional area guides. Have a picnic lunch in a vineyard or next to a waterfall at Nojoqui Falls County Park. Choose from dozens of dining options from wine country-inspired or international cuisine.

DAY THREE

Absorb local lore at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House in Santa Ynez. Then, meander through wine tasting rooms, boutiques and art galleries of Los Olivos plus the latest exhibits at Wildling Art Museum. Check out collectables and western history in Los Alamos (the vintage train depot is now an Antique Mall & Wine Pub) and have lunch in a café/art gallery.

DAY FOUR

Bicycle country roads or take a short hike into the Los Padres National Forest. Enjoy a guided nature cruise on Cachuma Lake or angle for fish from the dock. Tee off in style at The River Course at the Alisal or Rancho San Marcos Golf Course. Relax and enjoy the sunset. Plan to return soon.

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