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Santa Barbara, Solvang and Hearst Castle Day Trip from Los Angeles

  • Full-day trip from Los Angeles
  • Scenic tour of the Southern and Central California coasts
  • Visit Santa Barbara and see the Spanish Mission
Santa Barbara, Solvang and Hearst Castle Day Trip from Los Angeles
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Explore the incredible scenery and fascinating history along the Southern and Central California coast on this 12-hour day trip from Los Angeles. Enjoy one of the world’s most picturesque oceanfront drives as you head north, stopping first at Santa Barbara to visit its harbor, gorgeous beaches and historic Spanish Mission. Then see Solvang, a Danish-themed town near Santa Barbara. Finish the day with a visit at the sprawling Hearst Castle, constructed by famed publisher William Randolph Hearst. Your California coastal day trip also includes coach transport, live on-board commentary and Hearst Castle admission.
What to Expect
Get a sense for the amazing scenery and incredible history just beyond the urban center of Los Angeles during this 12-hour day trip to visit Santa Barbara, the magnificent Hearst Castle and much more. It's a great way to go beyond the typical tourist hot spots in Los Angeles and San Francisco for a unique look at the diverse attractions of California.

Start your trip in the morning, leaving from either the Los Angeles Farmers Market or the Four Points by Sheraton in Culver City. Head north by coach along the jaw-dropping California coastline, making your first stop of the day in the town of Solvang. This quiet hamlet, situated in the Santa Ynes Valley and originally founded by Danish settlers, played a key role in the iconic film Sideways. Admire the city’s unique Danish-inspired architecture and Little Mermaid monument, based on the story by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The statue is a reproduction of a similar public artwork in Copenhagen. Don't forget to stop by Solvang’s tasty Danish bakeries and Danish-themed shops before leaving town.

Continue your trip at the renowned Hearst Castle. Your memorable visit to the estate of William Randolph Hearst takes you on an in-depth visit inside the luxurious home of this renowned media magnate. Once a frequent hotspot for Hollywood’s elite, Hearst Castle is packed with a floor-to-ceiling collection of artwork and antiquities that spans the globe. Check out Greek pottery that dates from 800 BC alongside priceless oriental rugs and elegant statues. In Hearst’s heyday of the 1920s and 1930s, invitations to this estate were a hot commodity, so be sure to document your visit to prove to others you were there.

Proceed next to Santa Barbara. When you arrive in town, head to the city’s Old Mission, a religious structure that helped give the city its name. You’ll also hear from your guide about the role these Spanish settlements played in the founding of the state of California. Then check out Santa Barbara’s harbor and explore its sublime beaches.

After finishing your excursion in Santa Barbara, continue back along the coast as you return to Los Angeles. It’s a laid-back, scenic way to end your wonderful day along California’s incredible diverse coastal areas.
Reviews (125)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed 7 December 2018
Informative and entertaining trip

Thoroughly enjoyable trip with an informative and entertaining guide/driver. A lot to do in one day, but relaxing journey home to recover.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank David L
Reviewed 1 October 2018

It was such a long tour, yet it went by so fast. There was so much to see that I wish it lasted even longer. Solvang was an awesome little town and the view from Hearst Castle was worth it alone! I recommend this tour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Gregory H
Reviewed 7 August 2018
Too Much

This is an arduous itinerary that short changes each stop along the way. Too much time on the bus. Rent a car and take your time enjoying these places and their surrounds over two or three days.

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank LovesRestaurants2014
Reviewed 13 July 2018
Awesome Trip

I loved this tour and our tour guide Giovanni was very knowledgeable about every stop along the tour we made and he made sure we were comfortable on the tour. We even had time to tour an extra site on the tour. This tour is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
5  Thank tipobserver
Reviewed 6 July 2018
Great tour!

I have lived in Los Angeles County for about forty year now and decided to take this tour. The tour guide was great, very informative. I learned things about LA that I did not know. Love Santa Barbara but have never been to Solvang or...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank onegoodnerveleft
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
There are opportunities for breakfast, lunch or a snack at stops on Santa Barbara Pier or in Solvang on the way up, and when you arrive at Hearst Castle. On the way back to LA, we stopped at a gas station for a snack and... More
26 October 2018|
Response from Peter R | Reviewed this property |
There is also a tour on Saturdays if you look at the web sites
3 September 2018|
Response from Peter R | Reviewed this property |
You usually start at 2 places and the place I suggest that you use is 4 points Sheraton Culver City as there is a shopping mall opposite where you can leave your car. I am not sure of the cost for parking the car there and... More