©

San Simeon trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle. Mountains and cliffs plunge down to deserted sand beaches lapped by vigorous surf near this town of about 400 people. Here, thousands of elephant seals populate nearby coves, and vineyards soak up the plentiful sunshine inland. Pristine beaches, abundant marine wildlife, nearby wineries, and state parks give visitors plenty of things to do in San Simeon beyond visiting the mansion. Plan your tour of San Simeon and United States travel itinerary using our United States day trip planning tool .
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to San Simeon

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in San Simeon

Deciding where to stay in San Simeon doesn't require a great deal of consideration. All motels, hotels, inns, and lodges are located along Route 1 in the community south of the castle along the coast. If these are full, head just south of San Simeon State Park, where a larger selection of bed and breakfasts line the coast on the northern edge of the town of Cambria.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Recently planned trips to San Simeon

19 days in United States & Mexico BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM PARAGUAY October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in California BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO May, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in California BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO May, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, romantic, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM CANADA August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans