Click to enlarge this wild zebra on the Hearst Ranch San Simeon California
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Hearst Castle Tours
Hearst Castle Site
Click to enlarge this Hearst Castle at San Simeon from the air picture
Information: A gorgeous photograph of Hearst Castle® taken from a helicopter. Hearst Castle® at San Simeon is phenomenal, if you haven’t taken a tour of this beautiful castle then you need to, find out more about Hearst Castle®.
Near Points of Interest: Anyway you go from the Hearst Castle® Visitors center you will find points of interest. Just down the hill a little and across Pacific Coast Highway 1, William Randolph Hearst State Beach and the old Village of San Simeon. If you head north 5 miles you will find the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, just past that is the Piedras Blancas Light House and the perfect place to have lunch or have just a great photo opportunity is the Ragged Point Inn. If you head south on the Pacific Coast Highway about 5 miles is the wonderful San Simeon Creek State Beach and Campground then the Village of Cambria is just after that opening a whole new world of sightseer opportunities and photo ops.
Beach Access and Day Use Parks & Picnic Areas: William Randolph Hearst State Beach and San Simeon Creek State Beach
Near places to Eat: There are a number of good concessions right at the Visitors Center where you can get good food and drink: Hearst Castle Concessions; and the wonderful Sebastian's General Store and Cafe is just across the Highway.
Near Hotel Lodgings & Resorts: In an area just south of here about 5 miles called San Simeon Acres, motels line both sides of the highway for about half a mile, of these Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is the best choice.
Near Campgrounds: The Only close camground is 6 miles south at San Simeon Creek Campground in Hearst San Simeon State Park the first camping to the north is Treebones Yurt Resort camping about 28 miles.
History & Museums: Hearst Castle itself is like a giant art museum and down in the old village of San Simeon every building is of a historic nature; although most of the buildings can be viewed from the outside only by visitors, the Sebastian's General Store and Cafe has relevant antiques displayed and welcomes visitors to come inside.
History of the development and over 30 years of construction of the castle are covered in detail in the new for 2013 “Designing the Dream” tour a 1 1/2 tour featuring background of the design and construction evolution of William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon palatial manor.
Gasoline, Public Restrooms, Supplies: The closest gasoline available is 8.5 miles south on PCH 1 in Cambria; going north the next gas is at Ragged Point both gas stations have mini marts for supplies. There are many public restrooms available in San Simeon, at the Hearst Castle Visitors Center, at W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach, and Sebastian’s General Store also has restrooms.
Other Facilities, Services or Activities:
You are in a large area that is build on tourism; no matter which way you go there are tourist attractions, travelers facilities and services, and activities geared for vacation fun. This photo road trip heads north up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 into the magnificent Big Sur. If you head west you will find the small but wonderful old San Simeon village and enchanting William Randolph Hearst California State Beach. If you go south down the Pacific Coast Highway you find nearby San Simeon Acres with a nice little beach, hiking, surfing and kite surfing, great motels and places to eat, picnic and camp. If you continue south about 6 miles you come to the lovely town of Cambria with multitudes of choices for sightseeing, shopping, dining, lodging. Cambria is followed by the equally as hospitable and enjoyable Cayucos, Morro Bay, and San Luis Obispo not to mention of the road places like Los Osos and Montano de Oro. If it is cool on the coast you may want to consider the alternative beautiful scenery that lies inland and the fun associated with Central California’s Wine Country.
Click to enlarge these wild elk on the Hearst Ranch San Simeon California