Planning your next motorcycle tour in California? Many motorcyclists tour the area of Solvang, California. Known as the Danish capital of the United States, Solvang is a thirty-minute ride from Santa Barbara, a couple of hours from Los Angeles, and five hours from San Francisco (See Solvang Area Directions below). Solvang, a popular tourist destination, is famous for its architecture. Most of its buildings are built in the traditional Danish style—it looks and feels like a traditional Danish village. “Is this the United States?” was the reaction of a friend of mine when he first saw the Solvang Village Center.
Motorcycle Roads (Santa Barbara – Solvang)
The Solvang area is dotted with great motorcycle roads. The road from Santa Barbara to Solvang, sections of State Route 154 and State Route 246, is a two-way highway that runs through vineyards, hills, and the beautiful wide open scenery of the Santa Ynez Valley. Halfway to Solvang, you will pass Lake Cachuma. Watch this motorcycle road on video below.
The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum is a great place to visit. This museum has a large collection of rare and vintage motorcycles, and European race bikes. The collection includes British, Japanese, European and American motorcycles from the 1900’s until today. Call them in advance to make sure they are open 805.686.9522, 320 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463.
Food & Dining
Solvang has a dozen wine tasting rooms and many restaurants offering delicious Danish, Japanese, Chinese and California fresh wine country cuisine. If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend you Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery—the best traditional Danish bakery in Solvang. It’s at the end of the Village: 1529 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463-3634 (805) 688-6314.
Solvang Area Directions
From Los Angeles, take U.S. Highway 101 North to Santa Barbara. From Santa Barbara take State Route 154 and State Route 246 to Solvang.
From San Francisco, take U.S. Highway 101 South and then Route 246 to Solvang.