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Solvang

You'll know you've reached the town of Solvang when the architecture suddenly changes to half-timber buildings and windmills. Danish educators settled the town in 1911—the flatlands and rolling green hills reminded them of home—and even today, more than half the residents are of Danish descent. Although Solvang has attracted tourists for decades, it's lately become more sophisticated,

with galleries, upscale restaurants, and wine-tasting rooms. The visitor center on Copenhagen Drive has walking-tour maps (also available online). The Sweet Treats tour covers the town's bakeries, confectionary stores, and ice-cream parlors, all well worth investigating.

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