Los Alamos, CA, USA

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Los Alamos, CA, USA

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Take a step back in time in Central California wine country

Founded in 1876 by a pair of ranchers, tiny Los Alamos is one of the best places to soak up California's Old West Heritage. Centered around a historic main street that's just 7 blocks long, the quaint town that served as a stagecoach stop from 1861 to 1901 offers an eclectic mix of 1800s buildings, Victorian inns, and antique stores overflowing with rare finds. One of California's most up-and-coming food and wine destinations, a recent surge of wine-tasting rooms and indie eateries has led some to start calling the town "Little LA."

A new foodie destination in an Old West town

The best way to experience Los Alamos is by getting out and exploring the historic buildings and charming shops on foot (there are even organized walking tours offered). In addition to becoming a wine-tasting and foodie haven in recent years, the town is a mecca for antiquers looking to find hidden treasures. For some fresh air, camping, and hiking, head to nearby Los Padres National Forest. If road trips are more your thing, a Los Alamos vacation rental puts you right on famous Highway 101, which will also take you to the Pacific coast beaches in half an hour.

For historic sites and museums, Los Alamos is the bomb

History buffs will know Los Alamos for its storied involvement with nuclear tests like the Manhattan Project, and declassified nuclear projects and bomb replicas are on full display at the Bradbury Science Museum. Go even further back in time with a visit to the historic Union Hotel, dating from 1880, or the last standing Pacific Coast Railroad station. If you're more interested in the town's present-day draws, there are plenty of wineries to explore, both in town and further afield (maybe consider leaving the driving to a professional so you can fully indulge).

It's always sunny in Los Alamos

If you like sunshine, you'll find plenty of it at a Los Alamos vacation rental. With very little precipitation and pleasant year round temperatures, many visitors fall in love with the weather. High temperatures from July to September hover near the low 80s, and only drop about 20 degrees even in the coldest months. Winter in Los Alamos means highs in the 60s from December to March. You'll probably want a light sweater or jacket on hand any time of year, as nights and early mornings can see an invigorating chill in the air.

Nestled in the rolling hills of wine country

Formed by San Antonio Creek as it heads to the ocean, the Santa Ynez Valley is known for its ranches, oil fields, and fruit and vegetable farms. A Los Alamos vacation rental is also a perfect base for exploring the lush Santa Barbara wine country, with miles and miles of picturesque rolling vineyards. It's also on the route of one of the great American road trips, with famous Highway 101 connecting you to rocky Pacific coastlines and sandy beaches to both the north and south. For a nature fix, head to the mountainous Los Padres National Forest.