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

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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.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

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

Hearst Castle, California

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.

Customer Reviews

Haoie New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Involves a lot of driving from/to LA, but an excellent overview of the 3 sites, with the focus being on the castle.

Jackie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I took this tour as a single woman on January 13, 2018. The tour was AMAZING! We accomplished so much in one day -- Hearst Castle, lots of sightseeing and views of mountains, visiting the elephant seals, stopping by the Madona Inn and visiting San Luis Obispo. There were mudslides in Santa Barbara when I took this tour, so unfortunately, we were not able to go there all roads were closed. But the tour guide made up for it by showing us things we would never have seen otherwise such as the elephant seals. We traveled about 720 miles on the tour and I was seriously impressed with how much we accomplished in one day. The driver was also great and played a movie for us on the long drive back about William Randolph Hearst. Take this tour!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very well organised, our tour leader Richard was very friendly and resourceful, and the driver made all of us feel absolutely safe and enjoyable! All 6 of us truly appreciated their service.

Marina K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Three different locations to visit in one day-great experience! Want to go back and revisit soon, Thank you!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Awesome way to see santa barbara, solvang and hearst castle all in one day. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny to boot! Shuttle drive was very comfortable and we were provided with complimentary bottled water and cookies along the way. Took this tour solo but thoroughly enjoyed it. Felt safe the whole time and even made new friends! My favorite was catching the sunset with the elephant seals at san simeon.

Florence F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour was amazing! Thanks to our knowledgable tour guide Giovanni, and our driver, we were able to cover a lot in such a short time. I loved the surprise stop to see the Elephant Seals after we completed the day trip from Santa Barbara to Solvang then to Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Thank you.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great Tour!

Edwin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Everything was great except long trip but we stopped at Santa Barbara and Solvang great driver and guide did everything to help us enjoy the trip



5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This was a great trip to cover a lot in a short time, but it is a very long day out as distance covered great. Stop at Santa Barbara very short, but a nice drive around over view. Solvang a quaint town. Only half an hour but managed to buy a souvenir and grab some great danish do-nuts. All too short but wouldn't want to miss.
Hearst castle spectacular but unfortunately undergoing renovations of the pool area.Local guides very informative. Not a wide range of food choices and expensive so pack your own or pickup in stop ahead was advised.Good idea.
My guide for day jacob was very knowledgable and considerate. Bottled water provided, so thanks.
I was the only client so most appreciative did not get cancelled. thank you!

Natasha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour was amazing! Jacob was my tour guide for the day! He was very knowledgeable and ensured that I was comfortable during the ride to and from our destination. It just so happens I was on the tour alone because no one else had booked, but I wouldn and #39;t change a thing! Hearst was the best!

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