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TOP THINGS TO DO NEAR SANTA MARIA

THE GUADALUPE-NIPOMO DUNES (14 miles)

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is comprised of 18 miles of coastline and is one of the most ecologically significant and largest intact coastal dune ecosystems on Earth. A significant portion of the nearly 22,000 acres is under public management and open for recreation. Learn more

FOXEN CANYON WINE TRAIL (33 miles)

The Foxen Canyon Wine Trail is home to some of the most accomplished winemakers in California, where you will find a diverse selection of world-class wines. Learn more

VANDENBERG AIRFORCE BASE (24 miles)

Vandenberg Air Force Base is headquarters for the 30th Space Wing. The 30th manages Department of Defense space and missile testing, and placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast, using expendable boosters. Vandenberg AFB offers public and private tours. Learn more

PISMO STATE BEACH (18 miles)

Pismo State Beach offers all kinds of attractions: hiking, swimming, surf fishing, and digging for the famous Pismo clam. There are tree-lined dunes and the beach is popular with bird watchers. The park has the largest over-wintering colony of monarch butterflies in the U.S.. Rent an ATV and explore the 17 miles of Pismo Beach. Visit website

SOLVANG (37 miles)

Solvang (Danish for "sunny field") is a beautiful little city nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. Founded in 1911 by a small group of Danish teachers, Solvang now is a diverse, modern city, with fine restaurants, lovely shops and outstanding activities to enchant young and old alike.There are Danish festivals, quiet tree lined streets, horse drawn wagons, Hans Christian Andersen Park, windmills, Danish pastries and dozens of quaint shops to explore. Visit website