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5 Must-Do Activities When Planning A Day Trip To Solvang, California

Looking for a California weekend getaway? Start planning a day trip to Solvang California, an adorable Danish village with wineries, eateries, shopping, entertainment, and so many things to do!

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The best things to do in Solvang, CA

My sister and I love to travel together, and our recent excursion was right up the California coast and a tad bit inland to Solvang, California. This little Danish village is absolutely adorable and I am so glad that we took the weekend road trip up to visit! The distance from Solvang to Los Angeles is about a 3-hour drive up the 101. It’s actually a nice road trip with gorgeous views of the mountains and hills.

Girls go wine tasting at Buttonwood Vineyards and Winery, Solvang, CA

An awesome Solvang itinerary

There are plenty of things to do in Solvang, CA. Whether you’re looking for a wine tasting room, good food, boutique shopping, or fun family activities, you’ll be covered. It’s easy to make a day trip to Solvang from Los Angeles. When you’re planning a day trip to Solvang California, here are some activities to add to your Solvang itinerary.

5 Must-Do Activities When Planning a Day Trip To Solvang California

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1. Stroll along Mission Drive, the main road into Solvang

First, start at the main road as most of the action can be found right on Mission Drive. There are lots of things to do here, you can try many of Solvang’s restaurants, shop at their cute boutiques, view the fun sights (keep your eyes peeled for Danish style windmills and architecture), and enjoy a calm pace in a quaint Danish village.

Planning a day trip to Solvang California, add Buttonwood Vineyard and Winery in Solvang, CA to your itinerary

2. Visit the wineries, drink plenty of wine

When you’re planning a day trip to Solvang California, you cannot forget the wine! Solvang is located in the Santa Ynez Valley, which is a prime position for wineries and harvesting grapes. There are lots of Solvang wineries in the main village, as well as off the beaten path. Visitors are welcome year-round to enjoy these award-winning wines! You can take a wine tour then explore some of the vineyards and tasting rooms on your own! We personally loved the Buttonwood Farm Winery, a super cute vineyard with delicious varietals.

3. Stop in and sample the sweets at a Danish bakery

Next, a Solvang itinerary is not complete without a stop at their Danish bakeries. Walk around the quaint little Solvang village for a few minutes and you’ll see that there is no shortage of Danish bakeries to try! Choose from fruit-filled pastries, butter rings, napoleons, puff pastries, chocolate eclairs, traditional Danish pastries using original recipes, and some places have Æbleskiver, or Danish sausage.

Danish style hotel in Solvang, California

4. Explore Solvang’s museums and missions

Solvang is bursting with things to do, and their variety of different museums and missions are perfect for history buffs who want to learn more. Old Mission Santa Inez is one of the original California missions and is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Also, explore the Danish museum, natural history, art, western heritage, Native American museums, and there’s even a vintage motorcycle museum!

5. Enjoy tons of family fun in Solvang

Finally, there are plenty of Solvang, CA things to do for families. You can take your family on a day trip to Solvang from Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, or really anywhere within driving distance in Southern California! Choose from outdoor parks, a nature center, museums, arts and theater, farms, a miniature horse ranch, and even an Ostrich farm! Families can also ride around the village on a horse-drawn trolley, or choose to rent bikes, strollers, wheelchairs, and segways for a casual ride together.

Horse drawn trolley in Solvang, CA

Enjoy your visit to the cute and quaint little Danish town of Solvang!

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