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Daily What?! Solvang, CA: A Danish Disneyland in the Golden State

Old-fashioned windmills, medieval half-timber architecture, horse-drawn trolleys, and sticky-sweet Nordic shops aren’t your typical Southern Californian fare. But in the Golden State’s “Little Denmark,” they create a delightfully offbeat tourist experience that feels a world away.

Despite being surrounded by sunny cattle ranches, arid mountains, leafy palm trees and modern wineries, the town of Solvang feels like an old-world fairy-tale …