Solvang Loop

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Solvang is hugely popular with tourists of all types – its proximity to Santa Barbara, only 33 miles, makes it an easy day trip. Extend your visit by renting a bike and taking this delightful Solvang-Los Olivos loop ride.

Start in Solvang

You can start at either end of this route. If you begin in Solvang take Alamo Pintado Road to Los Olivos.

Los Olivos is all about wine – there are 25 tasting rooms in town, plus lots of great food. Check out the Bear and Star in the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and the superb Wine Merchant Cafe directly across the street. Beer lovers will be happy to find Figueroa Mountain Brewery in town and Mattei’s Tavern will tie it all together.

Return via Ballard Canyon Road

When it’s time to depart take Ballard Canyon Road. It’s quiet with little traffic and the views are terrific. Visit Rusack Vineyards – it’s your last wine tasting opportunity before returning to Solvang,

Rent bikes

Check out Dr. J’s in Solvang or Pedego in Los Olivos, both offer regular and electric bikes, both are right on this route. Want someone else to organize everything for your group? That would be Wine Country Cycling Tours.


Photo credits: Frank Peters