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San Simeon

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Castles · Wildlife Areas · Beaches
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.
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Castle
Hearst Castle
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Beach
Piedras Blancas
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Duration: 2 hours
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Lighthouse
Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Big Sur
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Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach Big Sur
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Duration: 1 hour
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National Park
Pinnacles National Park Paicines
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Duration: 8 hours
Lookout
Ragged Point Big Sur
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in San Simeon

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Beach
William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach
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Duration: 2 hours
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Lookout
Ragged Point Overlook
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Duration: 30 minutes
State Park
San Simeon State Park
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Duration: 2 hours

Wineries in San Simeon

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Winery / Vineyard
Hearst Ranch Winery
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Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in San Simeon

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Sebastian General Store
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Duration: 2 hours

Nature in San Simeon

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Geologic Formation
Jade Cove
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

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.
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