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750 Hearst Castle Rd
San Simeon, CA 93452

 (805) 927-2093

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"Malibu, Santa Barbara San Simeon,Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Bixby Creek Bridge, Fishermans Wharf,Muir Woods National Monument are all REALLY interesting things to see along the way."  See More

"and make plenty of great stops along the way (including Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Hearst Castle, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, and then take the quick but boring I-5 on the way back up."  See More

"Another interesting stop is Hearst Castle in San Simeon."  See More

"People love Big Sur area as well as Cambria Hearst Castle is located there ) there are 2 main roads 101 south and 5 south the 5 HWY is nothing to write home about ."  See More

"Along the way is Hearst Castle, but I found it to be a disappointment."  See More

"But if you're leaving from Los Angeles, you could spend a night or two in Santa Barbara, ( see the coast, Santa Barbara mission, and downtown ) and continue north to San Luis Obispo ( Beautiful downtown, wine country, or a half hour north Paso Robles also a beautiful wine country ), then adjacent on Highway 1 is Hearst Castle."  See More

"You continue on to Hearst Castle, driving the beautiful Route 1."  See More

"Common suggestions are San Luis Obispo and Hearst Castle."  See More

"It is near Hearst Castle which is an interesting place to visit."  See More

"The can't-miss sights are (from north to south) Monterey, Big Sur, the Hearst Castle, Paso Robles (if you're into wine), Avila Beach, La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, Santa Ynez (again if you're into wine: even if you're not, the countryside at some of the wineries is beautiful) and Old Mission Santa Barbara."  See More

"An amazing sight and the Hearst Castle is right there."  See More

"Then I'd head south on Route 1 (aka Pacific Coast Highway or PCH) towards San Simeon and the Hearst Castle, which is an enormous mansion that has to be seen to be believed."  See More

"Places to consider: Hearst Castle San Luis ObispoCarmel By the SeaBig Sur Santa Barbara All on California 1 between LA and SF."  See More

"Hearst Castle, drive Big Sur, stop at Nepenthe and Post Ranch Inn, Visit Carmel By the Sea, Point Lobos Monterey, then into SF for a few days in the city."  See More

"However, I would recommend any/all of these stops: - Santa Barbara - Morro Bay - Hearst Castle - Carmel and Monterey or Big Sur If you need suggestions for your time in SF, check out my post dedicated to that: http://eatandescape."  See More

"At Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on the central coast by Hearst Castle, the huge creatures are fighting for dominance right below you."  See More

":) I couldn't believe how much we love Hearst Castle, especially the night time tour with docents dressed in period clothing."  See More

"If you take Highway 1 along the coast, you should stop Monterey Bay Aquarium, Big Sur and Hearst Castle."  See More

"It may sound cliche but I would recommend a tour of Hearst Castle."  See More

"Hearst Castle is great, it's near Cambria which has lovely coastal views."  See More

"Since you only have a day I imagine you won't be stopping much, but there's Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Hearst Castle, Carmel."  See More

"These aren't really off the 101, but the best stops on the way are Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Carmel, Santa Barbara and Neptune's Net."  See More

"Hearst Castle could not be done in less than about two hours."  See More

"Things you don't want to miss on the coast are The Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17 Mile Dr and Hearst Castle."  See More

"Carmel - quiet beach town with great views of the water - 17 mile drive - Morro Bay - beach town - Hearst Castle - Just a stop for a few hours if you want to see it - Santa Barbara - beach town, laid back For San Francisco foodie recommendations, look at other Trippy questions - I have answered many, here's the most recent one: Must sees: - Ferry Building Marketplace - If you're a foodie, you'll love walking around this place and just enjoying the different restaurant and food options."  See More

"Hearst Castle is a beautiful estate with an interesting history with several tours available."  See More

"If you like large estates, book a tour of Hearst Castle in San Simeon."  See More

"The big attraction here is Hearst Castle but we didn't have time to visit it."  See More

"You can stop at Hearst Castle, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Mc Way Falls) and of course Big Sur."  See More

"Take a Tour of Hearst Castle (tour requires reservations typically) There are many breathtaking ocean stops, but some popular ones are Avila Beach Pier and Pfeiffer Beach."  See More

"All the answers are great suggestions, to add a few more to your list, I think Hearst Castle is a nice stop."  See More

"I'll second the Hearst Castle suggestion and add that the night tour is really fun."  See More

"Once you get to San Simeon Lodge, stop in to see the Hearst Castle"  See More

"You can hit Cambria and Hearst Castle along the way and the drive will be amazing!"  See More

"It's close to Hearst Castle and the elephant seal beach."  See More

"The last big attraction before exiting Big Sur is Hearst Castle, as folks have already mentioned."  See More

"It's lovely, but a far cry from what you can see at Hearst Castle further down the Pacific Coast Highway."  See More

"From SF to LA, you can stop at a few places: Carmel Monterey Big Sur Hearst Castle Santa Barbara Taking highway 1, although longer, will provide a very scenic route and make stopping at these places much easier."  See More

"There is so much to do and see along the way (Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Carmel Valley Village, Pebble Beach that you can't do it all."  See More

"2) Hearst Castle is now a State Park, and even though the tour is now split into various portions of the property, it gives you a sense of how spectacular this estate was when it was first built by William Randolph Hearst."  See More

"On the way from your first stay (Carmel, Monterey or Big Sur) to your second stay (Santa Barbara) you can also stop at Morro Bay or Hearst Castle."  See More

"Further North one beautiful spot is Cambria, where you can stop into Hearst Castle which is really a trip and full of some very interesting California History."  See More

"The tour of Hearst Castle will take two hours or more with buses running on a schedule."  See More

"Continuing further down Highway 1 will bring you into Cambria, where you can see elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Reserve and visit the Hearst Castle."  See More

"Must stop places include Carmel, Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara."  See More

"I would definitely stop by the famous Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur for a photo op on your way down, and maybe Hearst Castle."  See More

"17 mile drive through Pebble Beach is a MUST, also Hearst Castle in San Simeon was worth the trip."  See More

"If Hearst Castle is still doing night tours in September and you happen to be driving through, definitely check it out."  See More

"Go to Hearst Castle and stay in Cambria."  See More

"Of course, there's Hearst Castle, and lots of great wine tasting all over SLO County."  See More

"I would recommend a night in Santa Barbara then Cambria (not far from Hearst Castle) and then a third night in Big Sur."  See More

"There are several travel options: the Coast Highway passes through Santa Barbara, skirts Solvang, and San Luis Obispo before reaching Hearst Castle."  See More

"Definitely do Hearst Castle and take plenty of time to drive the road through Big Sur."  See More

"After seeing Hearst Castle, I'd advise going and spending the night in Monterey."  See More

"Near Hearst Castle is a spot where elephant seals lie on the beach."  See More

"Also, I'd agree with the recommendations for Big Sur, Hearst Castle and Monterey."  See More

"to see Hearst Castle & Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel by the Sea, then up to San Francisco."  See More

"From Saint Louis - take the old Route 66 and drive up the Coast from LA to SF Along the way: Cadillac Ranch Grand Canyon Hearst Castle Big Sur"  See More

"Drive into San Luis Obispo and visit Hearst Castle"  See More

"The first one that comes to mind is the gilded pool at Hearst Castle."  See More

"And as you get up towards Big Sur, make sure to stop at San Simeon to see Hearst Castle."  See More

"I'd definitely stop in San Simeon and see the Hearst Castle if you have time."  See More

"Hearst Castle is worth your time as well."  See More

"Hearst Castle is absolutely worth seeing!"  See More

"Hi Mischa, i can recommend Hearst Castle on the way up north, as well as Big Sur."  See More

"As for taking US 101 south from San FranciscoSan Francisco, some nice stopping off places are Santa Cruz, Monterey, Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara and Malibu Beach."  See More

"I agree with the recommendations given here for places to go near Hearst Castle."  See More

"In Central California, try visiting Hearst Castle in San Simeon, as well as the wineries that region is famous for."  See More

"Continuing south I'd make time for Hearst Castle, wineries in the coastal region around Cambria and Cayucos along Hwy 46 to Paso Robles, and an evening in San Luis Obispo where you can check out The Madonna Inn -- no need to stay there, but the restaurant and rooms are quite a sight -- and the downtown, including San Luis Obispo Mission."  See More

"That route takes you past Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey/Carmel By the Sea (you already mentioned that destination), Big Sur, Hearst Castle - and you might even see a Condor or two."  See More

"Stop at Hearst Castle after for a tour and to check out a rich man's life long dream."  See More

"Stay overnight at a small town & unwind in Cayucos to go to Hearst Castle the next day."  See More

"If you are going by US-101/CA-1 then i would also recommend - Solvang, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Hearst Castle."  See More

"From here you will have a beautiful drive and you can also stop to visit the Hearst Castle on your way to the coastal town of Monterey which would be a good stop for the night."  See More

"Also, it's home of the historic Hearst Castle which you MUST check out once in your life."  See More

"Along the way, you will go through Vandenberg Air Force Base, past Santa Maria, through San Luis Obispo, then you pass close to Hearst Castle, (definitely worth a side trip), and along one of the most beautiful scenic coastal highways in the world."  See More

"You can also visit Hearst Castle just a few miles from town."  See More

"Avila Beach, San Simeon (where the Hearst Castle is located -- a MUST SEE, and you must make a reservation - this is California's most visited State Park attraction, Cambria by the Pines (just south of San Simeon), and San Luis Obispo."  See More

"From there, continue on and stop off Hearst Castle then Southern California-Santa Barbara, Los Angeles."  See More

"That's close to Hearst Castle and my personal favorite is seeing the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas."  See More

"Hearst Castle as well as the elephant seals at the beach directly blow the castle."  See More

"An itinerary of overnights in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Cambria/Hearst Castle (2-days), Big Sur, Monterey/Carmel By the Sea (2-days), Santa Cruz/Half Moon Bay, San Francisco will give you all that you've dreamed of the CA Coast Line."  See More

"Hearst Castle do some enjoyable homework and watch one of the greatest movies of all time Citizen Kane which is, in reality, "inspired" by William Randolph Hearst who built the castle."  See More

"A lot of people say that Hearst Castle is a must, but I would disagree."  See More

"Santa Barbara, Solvang, Cambria, Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Monterey are gorgeous but the only "cute little town" in that would be Solvang."  See More

"You definitely should check out Hearst Castle and Pismo Beach."  See More

"You want to also stop at Hearst Castle and see how rich people lived back in the 1920's and 1930's."  See More

"Hearst Castle - There are many tours available at this phenomenal "home."  See More

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Hotels nearby:
  1. San Simeon Lodge
  2. Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
  3. Courtesy Inn San Simeon

Things to do nearby:
  1. W.R. Hearst State Beach
  3. Elephant Seal Vista Point
  4. Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals

Restaurants nearby:
  1. Sebastian's General Store
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