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Art and Culture of San Simeon

Hearst Castle holds a trove of artwork, artifacts, and antiquities making San Simeon a must for art lovers everywhere. From ancient Roman marble to Tiffany & Co. silver, Hearst’s holdings are among the most impressive in California. Beyond Hearst Castle, San Simeon and neighboring communities value the arts and have become havens for artists and […]

Sebastian’s General Store

Sebastian's General Store has carried on through the generations. Built in 1852 at the peak of the whaling industry, the Sebastian Brothers provided goods and services to whalers, fishermen, miners and neighboring ranches.

The Foundation at Hearst Castle

A Museum Like No Other The estate popularly known as Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark located on the Central Coast of California, about 250 miles north of Los Angeles. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 as a residence for William Randolph Hearst, who died […]

Coastal Discovery Trail

Explore the Coastal Discovery Trail Along Highway 1   The new Coastal Discovery Trail is a curated collection of activities that highlights nature, history and local experts. Make the most of your travels to the Central Coast by using the resources and links below to find the best beaches, outdoor activities, historic sites, wildlife viewing […]

San Simeon Bay Pier

Before the advent of the railroad and easily traversed highways, most of the commerce in central California was conducted by ship and piers and wharfs were vitally important.

SeaPhoto App

Teachers, students, beachgoers, researchers and others can now view a wealth of information about central California marine life

Historic Piedras Blancas Motel

Piedras Blancas Motel is a vintage roadside motel-and-diner complex located along the Central Coast of California approximately seven miles north of the historic village of San Simeon.

Piedras Blancas Light Station

Built in 1875, and still in operation today, the Piedras Blancas Light Station warns mariners of the rugged, rocky coastline.Tours are available year-round.

Activity Map for San Simeon

Learn all about San Simeon activities with this interactive activity map of the town. Plus, learn all about the history of San Simeon with our timeline. Download your map, now.

California State Parks

Explore San Simeon through the California State park systems that works toward preserving the nature and wildlife here on the Central Coast.

San Simeon Hearst Castle

World-renowned architectural historian, Lord John Julius Norwich, was moved to say that "Hearst Castle is a palace in every sense of the word"