California Road Trip (Vol. III): Driving along the Pacific Highway

Solvang, California (Pacific Highway Roadtrip) | Wanderwings

After a wonderful time in San Diego I drove back up to LA to meet again with my friend. Our plan, to go on a roadtrip north along the Pacific highway. Short after we drove into the unknown (or something poetic along those lines) with the windows rolled down, watching the Pacific waving by our side and music blasting in the car stereo. The sun wash shining up high in the sky and the seagulls flew elegantly everywhere around. We were on our way up the Californian coast to Santa Barbara, with pit stops in Hearst Castle and a lovely Danish town in the middle of the Golden State, Solvang. Whether you are a danish-lover like me or not, I’d highly recommend a stop in this quaint town, won’t disappoint!

Unfortunately for you guys, the roadtrip was so much fun that I completely forgot to take pictures, so will skip straight to the lovely danish town of Solvang! A hidden gem in the vastness of the Golden State. Maybe next time I’ll be a better blogger! 😉

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They even have their own Little Mermaid, so if you can’t afford travelling to Copenhagen, now you know, Solvang is the place for you!
Also known as the Danish capital of America, this city of ca. 5.000 inhabitants is quite popular among wine lovers for its extensive variety of wine tasting option (more than 20 wine tasing rooms). This comes as no surprise given its prime location in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley and its over 100 vinyards and wineries.

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As it is directly by the Pacific highway, Solvang is the perfect location for a rest stop. Taste some delicious Danish delicacies at the Little Mermaid Restaurant, or attend an open air theater show, maybe some candy? Either way, you’ll get a taste of Europe without leaving th U.S.

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& of course I couldn’t really help but take one of these ↑

Anyhow, after a delicious lunch break and stroll around the streets of Solvang, we made our way along the Pacific Highway to our next destination: Hearst Castle. Unfortunately this stop wasn’t as successful as we had hopped. We hadn’t realised we had to book tickets in advance (which you can do here), so we had to content ourselves with taking a peak from the side road. Not what we had hoped for but hey! more left to do for next time!

Hearst Castle, California (Pacific Highway Roadtrip) | Wanderwings

Empty-handed after our disastrous lack of planning, we finally made it to Santa Barbara, where we enjoyed a nice walk around the University Campus, crashed a huge fraternity house party and walked along a small beach nearby before calling it a day. Early next morning I would bid farewell to my dearest friends (new and old) as I boarded my next ride, a Greyhound bus to San Francisco!

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    Emily
    Saturday January 7th, 2017 at 04:54 PM

    I love Solvang! My girlfriends and I chose a hotel room there (thinking it was closer to Santa Barbara than it is) and were totally surprised by where we ended up! We enjoyed our time there so much. Sevtap Winery had a band and tastings and we were in heaven. I hope to go back one day because it was so delightful!

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      Henar
      Thursday January 12th, 2017 at 12:03 PM

      Oh how lucky! I wish we could have stayed longer! Maybe next time and I’ll make sure to check the Winery 🙂

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