San Simeon (California) (Hearst Castle), Big Sur , Carmel By the Sea and Monterey are great stops as well. The main attraction in San Simeon is Hearst Castle, a National Historic Landmark. You may want to see the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Rookery, located 7 miles north of San Simeon. For an unforgettable meal with a view, go to Sierra Mar in Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur. You might enjoy Point Pinos Lighthouse in Monterey if you're into lighthouses and history. It's the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast. Open Thursday to Monday only from 1 to 4 pm.