Travel Guide to California


Space to explore in Lompoc

by dylan barmmer

Just wait until you see what off-the-beaten-path adventures await along California’s Central Coast. Follow the trail of wildflowers along Highway 1 to Lompoc to explore fine wine, rocket launches, California history, and inspiring art.

Taste Local Vintages

You’ll find this unique collection of nearly 20 boutique wineries, tasting rooms, and production facilities off Pacific Coast Highway 1 and 12th Street. Or sample the area’s renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vintages by following the Lompoc Wine Trail along Route 246. Here, you’ll encounter spectacular vineyard vistas and charming estate wineries around every bend.

Soak in Outdoor Art

Before you put your head in the clouds, start with your feet on the ground. Stroll the streets and alleyways of Old Town and find a vivid open-air gallery of more than 30 multi-colored murals celebrating space exploration and depicting the Lompoc Valley’s rich heritage and enduring natural beauty.

Hike into History

Step back in time as you enter Lompoc’s most-visited attraction and home to California’s most fully restored mission—La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. Surrounded by wide-open countryside, the park’s 25 miles of pathways present invigorating hiking that connects to the backcountry via trails of chaparral, oak, and scenic overlooks.

View a Launch

Space aficionados agree that Lompoc offers the best vantage point for viewing rocket launches on the West Coast. After feeling the powerful rumble of rockets during blast-off at nearby Vandenberg Space Force Base, you’ll have the opportunity to witness a stunning streak of lights and colors across the sky. To coordinate your own personal mission with upcoming scheduled launch events, check out the visitor’s information link. 

Take a Leap

Get a bird’s-eye view of the glorious Pacific Ocean coastline, Lompoc Valley, and the vineyard-dotted hillsides. Boasting the highest tandem jump in all of Southern California, Skydive Santa Barbara offers a first-rate, bucket-list experience you’ll never forget.

At the end of your day, head 30 minutes outside of town to Jalama Beach to catch the impressive coastal views and a classic California sunset.


Lompoc Visitor Information ExploreLompoc.com



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