COVID-19 Response

Following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and local public health authorities, we are increasing public access and services in a phased approach at Hearst Castle®/Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument®. Before visiting, please review the COVID-19/FAQ tab on the home page. There you will find information and frequently asked questions regarding your trip to Hearst Castle. Updates about the overall Department of Parks and Recreation response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on For more information from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department click

Hearst Castle tours and the Visitor Center is currently closed. When we reopen, advanced reservations will be required to visit Hearst Castle and/or the Visitor Center

Home to stately Hearst Castle, the unincorporated town of San Simeon sits along one of the most pristine stretches of California Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean. This village boasts endless natural beauty, outdoor adventures, natural wonders and spectacular Pacific views.

Extend Your Hearst Castle Visit

Turn your day trip to Hearst Castle into an exciting San Simeon vacation. Although small—with a tight-knit population of just under 500 people—San Simeon has a lot to offer. Whether it’s a romantic seaside retreat, a family getaway, or a camping trip on the coast, San Simeon is the perfect place to stay after exploring the Castle.
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Area Attractions

From whale watching and hiking, to biking, surfing, sightseeing and more, San Simeon is home to myriad attractions. Explore some of the most popular things to do in San Simeon, all located just minutes from Hearst Castle.
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