Sunday, April 26, 2015: Highway 1 will be partially closed to through traffic from Big Sur to Carmel between 4:00 am to 1:30 pm. Motorists traveling south to Hearst Castle are advised to take Highway 101 South to SR 46 West.

From endless outdoor adventure to seaside strolls along the beach and wildlife watching, there’s an activity for every member of the family—all located just minutes from La Cuesta Encantada.

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 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 Piedras Blancas Light Station, which is one of the few New England-style lighthouses ever constructed along California’s coastline, making it a true rarity and a sight to behold.
Tour the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse »


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.
Enjoy San Simeon’s beaches »