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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 […]

Wildlife Viewing in San Simeon

Home to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Hearst San Simeon State Park, San Simeon is the perfect spot to observe wildlife in their element. Hike along family-friendly coastal bluff trails with lookout points to view seabirds and marine life, explore nature up close at tidepools full of life and observe the elephant seals […]

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 […]

Salmon Creek Falls

Salmon Creek Falls is a natural, beautiful waterfall found on the Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 located 3 miles north of Ragged Point Inn.

Black Swift Falls Trail

The Ragged Point Inn and Resort is located at the northernmost corner of San Luis Obispo County, 18 miles north of Hearst Castle on Highway 1, at the base of the Big Sur National Scenic Byway.

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.

San Simeon Cove

One of the most ethereally beautiful spots on the planet, San Simeon Point can be seen from Highway One as the extended tip of a crescent that begins along a white sand beach called San Simeon Cove.

Elephant Seals

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.

San Simeon Beaches

San Simeon beaches are among the most spectacular in California. The majority of coastline is uninhabited, unspoiled, and completely beautiful.

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"