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Solvang, a small town in the Santa Ynez Valley, is located about 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. The town's distinctive Danish architecture, cuisine, and culture date back to 1911, when a group of Danish immigrants founded it. The name 'Solvang' translates to 'sunny field' in Danish.

Solvang is a famous place for tourists, especially those who want to feel like they are in Denmark while they are in California. The town is close to the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway and is easy to get to by car. Solvang is also a short drive from wineries, hiking trails, and the Chumash Casino Resort, all of which are famous places in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Many notable personalities such as the Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood have frequently visited Solvang. Carmel native Eastwood enjoys exploring the Santa Ynez Valley. Oprah Winfrey visited Solvang while touring California. Winfrey named Solvang her favorite California destination in 2016.

Things to do in Solvang

Try Danish cuisine: Solvang is home to many Danish bakeries serving up traditional treats like aebleskiver (pancake balls) and kringle (a sweet pastry). Danish sausage, meatballs, and smorrebrod (open-faced sandwiches) are available at a number of the town’s eateries.

Enjoy outdoor activities: Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and horseback riding, in the Santa Ynez Valley. Take a scenic journey through the valley or go boating, fishing, and camping at nearby Lake Cachuma.

Shop for souvenirs: Solvang has a variety of stores and boutiques selling everything from handmade jewelry and art to Danish-inspired home decor. Visit the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, which honors the life and works of the renowned Danish author.

Visit the Old Danish Mill: This windmill was constructed in 1936 and now houses four stories worth of displays about Danish history and culture. The view of Solvang from the top of the windmill is worth the climb.

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Address of Solvang

California 93463, USA

Opening & Closing time of Solvang

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