Known as the "Danish Capital of America," Solvang boasts Danish architecture and thatched roofs, European-styled craftsmanship, and traditional windmills – all beautifully arrayed for the tourist.
Tour groups are welcome for a day or, ideally, an overnight visit which allows ample time for sampling authentic Danish pastries and cuisine, taking in a play at the local theatre festival, and, of course, shopping at the more than 150 boutique shops.
Several hotels and local restaurants cater to large groups and the theatre festival offers group rates.
Solvang also boasts several wine tasting rooms – the film "Sideways" was filmed here and featured local wines – and there are several nearby wineries that offer tours and tastings for groups.
Nestled in the heart of the Santa Barbara's wine country with the Santa Ynez mountains as a backdrop,
Solvang is situated on Highway 246, 15 mi./2.4 km north of the Pacific Ocean, 132 mi./211 km north of
Los Angeles and 297 mi./475 km south of San Francisco.
Visitors can arrive by car via scenic Highway 101 or Highway 154 (San Marcos Pass) or via air service at Santa Ynez or Santa Barbara Airports.
2.2 sq. mi./3 km. Population: 5,300
Named for its sunny weather, Solvang in Danish means "sunny fields" and averages 340 days of annual sunshine. Average high reaches 76 degrees, lows 54 degrees.
Solvang offers 15 properties, ranging from deluxe to budget class, including quaint inns, historic B&Bs and full-service guest ranch. Reservation information: (800) 468-6765.
RV and camping areas: Flying Flag Travel Park (805) 688-3716, Cachuma Lake Recreation Area (805) 688-4658.
Visitor information is also available at the Visitor Information Center located at 1639 Copenhagen and 1511-A Mission Dr..
Or visit the official Solvang Visitors Bureau Website, see below.