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Driving along Highway 1 in California, close to San Simeon and four miles north of the Hearst Castle, you can see Friends of the Elephant Sea
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Hearst Castle , San Simeon
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It took William Randolph Hearst, the famed newspaper magnate, nearly three decades to complete Hearst Castle, one of the largest houses in th
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National Park
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Pinnacles National Park is an American national park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley in Central California,
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Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone can listen together!Experience the iconic Big Sur road trip with a self-guided driving audio tour! As you drive, learn about the fairytale cottages of Carmel, the purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach, & the enormous elephant seals at San Simeon. Drive over Bixby Bridge, marvel at McWay Falls, & enjoy the rugged coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway / Route 1. Big Sur is the most scenic segment of the Pacific Coast Highway(a must-do road trip), which you can start in either Monterey or San Luis Obispo.Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password & an app. Download the app, enter a password, & download the tour. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Stick to the route & speed limit for the best experience.No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!This isn't an entrance ticket. Check covid rules & opening hours before your visit.
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Beach
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Featuring forests, granite cliffs, 2,500-year-old sequoia trees, and a 24 m (80 ft) waterfall that drops into the Pacific, Julia Pfeiffer Bur
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Beach
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

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San Simeon

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Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops · 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. Add San Simeon and other destinations in United States to your travel itinerary using our United States trip itinerary maker site.

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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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