Can you guess where you can find a castle on the hill, exotic animals roaming the along the highway, and oceanside views as spectacular as those historically found in Spain or Ireland? Right here in San Simeon, of course!
San Simeon is home to one of the most popular tourist attractions, Hearst Castle. Sitting atop San Simeon’s golden hills this time of year, Hearst Castle offers an unparalleled view. Take a look inside the place W.R. Hearst vacationed. After four years, the Neptune Pool has been refilled. The castle offers a variety of tours. Learn more about Hearst Castle.
After Mr. Hearst passed away, some of the beloved wildlife that called “Enchanted Hill” home were set free to live life in the pastures along Highway 1. While driving through San Simeon, be sure to keep your eyes pealed for Zebras grazing in knee-high grass. Look in the opposite direction towards the sea to catch one of San Simeon’s most popular species, the elephant seals.
History is rich in San Simeon and this is no exception when talking about the Piedras Blancas Light Station. First lit in 1875 to guide ships along the Central Coast, the tower operated for 100 years. Tours of the Piedras Blancas Light Station are offered on select days. Learn more about the Piedras Blancas Light Station.
As you travel through San Simeon along Highway 1, be sure to marvel in all of the attractions the area has to offer.