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Santa Barbara, CA to Solvang, CA

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Santa Barbara, CA to Solvang, CA

Hi! My boyfriend and I are going on vacation to Santa Barbara next week. We will be there for a full week. We want to visit some spots outside of Santa Barbara like Downtown Solvang, Gaviota State Park, and the Cold Springs Trail in Montecito. I'm not familiar with public transportation in the area. Will we be able to get to these locations easily via public transportation or would you recommend renting a car for the week?

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1. Re: Santa Barbara, CA to Solvang, CA

Rent a car. This area of California doesn't have the best public transportation system. We're more car centric here. It will be easier to get around to where you want to go by self driving.

Solvang is good for an hour or two. Would hate to see you get stuck there for hours until the next bus comes through.

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2. Re: Santa Barbara, CA to Solvang, CA

You probably don't need a car for the whole week. There's a Hertz desk at Fess Parker's not far from the wharf, and an Avis/Budget near the Amtrak station. You can rent for a day or two or three.

Or worst case scenario there may be a casino bus to Santa ynez that's at a convenient time for you, and the casino has a shuttle into Solvang and back.


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3. Re: Santa Barbara, CA to Solvang, CA

Los Olivos is a cute town and very close to Solvang (not so cute).

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4. Re: Santa Barbara, CA to Solvang, CA

Concur with the others, Solvang is overrated. Disney Animation was so horrified by its tackiness when they visited to do research on Denmark for their animated adaptation of the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, that they ditched Denmark completely and based the hit film Frozen on Norwegian culture instead.

5. Re: Santa Barbara, CA to Solvang, CA

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