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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon

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Take in ocean views, spot elephant seals, and check out an historical lighthouse at Piedras Blancas. Use the signs along the viewing areas to guide yourself or take a guided tour that provides information about the lighthouse's history, fishing and wildlife in the area, and the scenery. A boardwalk provides easy access from the large parking lot to areas for viewing elephant-seals and other wildlife. Reserve your place in advance if you want to take the tour, and be prepared for windy weather. With our world travel planner, San Simeon attractions like Piedras Blancas can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Piedras Blancas on Highway 1, or how this section is called: Cabrillo Highway, is worth a stop on every case. You can see the animals almost firsthand. There is also plenty of parking spaces
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  • It was just looking at beached seals, but they are amazingly large. There were a lot of them there when we were there.  more »
  • This was absolutely fantastic to see the elephant seals this close. We drove down here to the beach after our morning at the Hearst castle. There's a gravel parking lot that was fairly crowded but we ...  more »