Lompoc

Overview

Introduction

Lompoc, California, between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, is known for its stunning commercial flower fields. It is also home to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Tours of the base, including a walk through an underground missile silo, can be arranged through Vandenberg's public affairs office with two weeks' notice. Phone 805-606-3595. http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

Also near Lompoc is La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, the state's largest and only complete mission complex. It's beautifully restored and popular with school groups: During the school year, go early or late in the day to avoid busloads of chattering children. http://www.lapurisimamission.org.

The 50-year-old Lompoc Valley Spring Arts & Flower Festival takes place each year during the last weekend in June. http://www.lompocvalleyfestivals.com.

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