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Irvine to Solvang drive

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  Irvine
 Los Angeles
 Malibu
 Ventura
 Santa Barbara
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Irvine to Solvang road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Irvine to Solvang. If you're planning a road trip to Solvang, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Irvine and Solvang. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Irvine and Solvang. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Irvine
drive for about 47 minutes

10:47 am  Los Angeles
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 12:47 pm
drive for about 59 minutes

1:46 pm  Malibu
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:46 pm
drive for about 47 minutes

3:33 pm  Ventura
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:33 pm
drive for about 29 minutes

5:02 pm  Santa Barbara
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 7:02 pm
drive for about 44 minutes

7:46 pm  arrive in Solvang
eat at Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe
stay at Ballard Inn & Restaurant

driving ≈ 4 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Irvine, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.


How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.


Where should I stop along the way?

Los Angeles  (573 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    hotels around Los Angeles:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        The Standard Downtown LA
        Ace Hotel Los Angeles
        The Huntley Hotel
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
        Best restaurants in Los Angeles?

Malibu  (65 answers)
    Malibu Beach  (44 mentions)
    Zuma Beach  (22 mentions)
    Point Dume State Beach  (14 mentions)
    Malibu Country Mart  (12 mentions)
    El Matador State Beach  (12 mentions)
    restaurants around Malibu:
        Nobu Malibu
        Paradise Cove Cafe
        Malibu Seafood
        Geoffrey's Malibu
        Malibu Farm Cafe
    hotels around Malibu:
        Malibu Beach Inn
    questions about Malibu:
        Places to eat in Malibu?
        Lunch recommendations near Getty Villa - Views? Kid Friendly?
        Wine tasting in Malibu?

Ventura  (16 answers)
    Downtown Ventura  (2 mentions)
    C Street  (2 mentions)
    questions about Ventura:
        What to see, do & eat in Ventura, CA
        Romantic weekend events/entertainment

Santa Barbara  (185 answers)
    Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
    Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
    Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
    Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
    The Funk Zone  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Barbara:
        McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
        La Super-Rica Taqueria
        The Lark - Santa Barbara
        Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
        The Palace Grill
    hotels around Santa Barbara:
        Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
        Isla Vista
        San Ysidro Ranch
        El Encanto Hotel
    questions about Santa Barbara:
        Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?
        Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara
        24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?
        Best Beach in Santa Barbara?
        How far from santa barbara to palm springs and PS to Phoenix?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Solvang, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.


Where's the best place to stay in Solvang?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Solvang.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Ballard Inn & Restaurant, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

HOTEL CORQUE  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Solvang? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Solvang?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Industrial Eats  (3 mentions)
Panino  (2 mentions)
Petros  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Solvang? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Solvang?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Firestone Vineyard  (3 mentions)
Fess Parker Winery  (3 mentions)
R Country Market  (2 mentions)
Blackjack Ranch  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Solvang. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Johnny from Las Vegas asked:
What to do in Solvang... good places to stay, eat, etc.  (3 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Solvang to Irvine drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Irvine? Try searching for places within 3 hours of Irvine.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Irvine to Solvang. Or get a full Irvine to Solvang flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Irvine well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Irvine!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 170 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 3 minutes
3 Irvine travel answers
573 Los Angeles travel answers
65 Malibu travel answers
16 Ventura travel answers
185 Santa Barbara travel answers
45 Solvang travel answers





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