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  • Location:Los Angeles, California
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

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

Experience spectacular views and awe-inspiring sights along the California coast! You can enjoy one of the world's most scenic coastal drives on this day trip from Los Angeles. As you journey along the beautiful California coast, you’ll visit Santa Barbara's harbor, beaches and picturesque Spanish Mission, and see the quaint Danish village of Solvang. You’ll also visit the magnificent Hearst Castle, home of famed newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. This is a day trip that will live long in your memory!


  • Full-day trip from Los Angeles
  • Scenic tour of the Southern and Central California coasts
  • Visit Santa Barbara and see the Spanish Mission
  • Stroll through Solvang, an authentic Danish town
  • Tour Hearst Castle
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your tour guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation in a deluxe van or bus

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What You Can Expect

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

Hearst Castle, California

Step outside the greater Los Angeles area and visit three of Southern California’s most celebrated places! You’ll leave LA in the morning, heading north along the Pacific Coast to your first stop, Solvang, a quaint Danish town in the middle of the Santa Ynes Valley, featured prominently in the acclaimed movie Sideways. You’ll be delighted by Solvang's Danish architecture and the Little Mermaid statue, based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen. This is a replica of the iconic statue in Copenhagen. Finally, browse the Danish bakeries and shops before returning to your coach.

Next, you’ll drive to Hearst Castle. This unforgettable tour takes you through William Randolph Hearst’s notoriously opulent estate, famous as much for its guests as its décor. A favorite of the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Hearst Castle is filled with art treasures and architecture from around the world – you’ll see Greek vases from 800 BC next to rare oriental carpets and magnificent statuary. Invitations to Hearst Castle were highly coveted in the 20s and 30s, so be sure to take pictures of the castle and its riches to prove you were there.

From there, your road trip travels to Santa Barbara. Here, you’ll tour Old Mission Santa Barbara, the Spanish Mission that gives the town its name, and learn how these Spanish religious centers were essential to settling the entire state of California. You’ll see the Santa Barbara harbor and have the opportunity to take photos of the beautiful beaches before continuing on your tour.

Following your time in Santa Barbara, you’ll board the coach for the scenic drive back to Los Angeles. It will be the perfect relaxing end to your full-day trip along the California coast.

Customer Reviews



5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Hearst Castle was amazing and definitely the highlight of the day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Lovely day trip and our guide Richard was amazing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful day out with the family. Even though the day was long, we saw so much!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a great day trip. While it starts early, you cover so much ground. After quickly touring Santa Barbara, you stop in the adorable town of Solvang which was perfect timing to get breakfast from one of the local pastry shops in town. Hearst Castle was so impressive and docent guides really painted a picture of what life was like there with William.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Again a tour I would highly recommend. Also a very early beginning, but as you have a lot driving to get from one place to the other, you have also a chance to nap a bit. Richard a very friendly, knowledgeable and funny tour guide had a lot of interesting stories to share. And Jakob the driver, took us safely from one spot to the other. He had to deal with a flat tyre and did that in a short time and very professional so we did not miss any of the sites on our tour. Would book this tour if you want to see a bit of the costal side up north.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I'm very much enjoy the spectacular views on this tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

First rate guide Richard provided us all with a most enjoyable day. Hearst Castle was amazing. Would have appreciated a time set aside for dinner since the day was very long. All in all, however, splended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Best guide-- knowledgable on MANY subjects-- geography, history, crops. Richard how soon I forget-- senior moment, think that was his name had great sense of humor, really took care of us. Best food-- loved Solvang.Best driver-- I felt so safe. It was a PERFECT day trip, and I will be forever grateful for such a wonderful day. YES, I highly recommend this trip, this guide, this driver. Pat Colonna, Denton, Texas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful day, Hearst Castle well worth visiting. Guide Richard is just the most informative and helpful guide you could ask for. We were the only two people booked on this day, but still operated for us, and went out of his way to make it all happen. A definite must do while in L.A.

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