Highway 1 is open during the day to Hearst Castle. However, between the towns of Gorda and Ragged Point, Highway 1 is not open due to roadwork Sunday nights through Friday mornings (from 10pm to 7am). Motorists may encounter one-way traffic controls in these areas even when full closures are not in effect. For more information on Highway 1 conditions please visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm

From camping to seaside strolls along the beach, and wildlife watching, there’s an activity for every member of the family—all located just minutes from Hearst’s Enchanted Hill.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Covering 350 miles of California coastline, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the largest marine sanctuary in the U.S. Visit the Sanctuary’s nearby Coastal Discovery Center for fun interactive exhibits and programs that highlight the area’s cultural and natural history.
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San Luis Obispo State Parks

Hiking, biking and camping are just part of the San Luis Obispo District of State Parks experience. Find your ideal San Simeon outdoor excursion here.
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Elephant Seals

Head just a few miles north of Hearst Castle to meet some of the Central Coast’s most famous residents: the 17,000 elephant seals that migrate to the Piedras Blancas Rookery every year. A can’t-miss sight when visiting the area.
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Piedras Blancas Light Station

Take a tour of San Simeon’s towering 70 foot Piedras Blancas Light Station built in 1874.
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Carved naturally by the Pacific Ocean, the beaches in San Simeon are among the most beautiful in California. Take a sandy walk, build a sandcastle, or venture out into the waters for an unforgettable beach experience.
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