The Piedras Blancas Rookery is the only elephant seal rookery in the world that is easily accessible, free, and open to the public all year long.
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San Simeon offers a variety of activities, tours, and sightseeing locations for visitors to enjoy during their stay at one of the most beautiful destinations along the Central Coast.
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Each week the Coastal Discovery Center invites visitors to participate in its Plankton Monitoring program and other programs.
Visitors and locals are helping to preserve our coastal heritage by supporting the Friends of Hearst Castle
Explore California's underwater parks without getting your feet wet through a new online tour.
Also known as the “Serengeti of the Sea,” the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of the top wildlife viewing sites in the world. The 276-mile stretch is home to some of the Pacific Ocean’s diverse inhabitants that migrate up and down the sanctuary, allowing them to be spotted easily. Some of the sanctuary’s...
From the Blog
Hearst Castle is the ultimate celebrity magnet, drawing guests such as Winston Churchill and Howard Hughes. Likewise, current celebrities such as Lady Gaga, who recently filmed her “G.U.Y.” video, are seen there. In 1958, the Hearst Corporation generously donated the estate to California State Parks, which recently created a series of insider tours. Read More >