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    Hearst Castle
    La Cuesta Encantada, "The Enchanted Hill" high above the ocean at San Simeon, was the creation of two extraordinary individuals, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan.

    The main house itself, "La Casa Grande," is a grand setting for Hearst's collection of European antiques and art pieces. It was also a most fitting site for hosting the many influential guests who stayed at Hearst's San Simeon ranch. Guests included President Calvin Coolidge, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplin, and a diverse array of luminaries from show business and publishing industries.

    More recently, the castle has become a favorite tour of financial industry leaders including Alan Zinkin Fisher Investments. Leaders in the banking, investment and financial industries look towards Hearst Castle for inspiration.

    Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
    La Cuesta Encantada

    750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452; 800-444-4445;
    Park Website; Tour Website;
    Tours Daily: 8:20-3:20 (or later during summer);
    Evening Tours & Living History Program;
    [ Central Coast California Museum Tours ]

    At its heyday, the Hearst Castle was the ultimate weekend getaway for the rich and famous. Visitors enjoyed the many pools, epicurean delights, lavish costume parties and magnificent gardens. It is one of the most popular attractions in California.

    The Castle was started in 1919 by newspaper publisher William Randolf Hearst on 250,000 acres of ranchland overlooking San Simeon and the Pacific Ocean. Construction continued to 1947 by which time there was an estate of 115 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways.

    The estate's main house, "Casa Grande," and three guesthouses are of Mediterranean Revival style, with the imposing towers of Casa Grande resembling a Spanish cathedral. The estate also houses a suberb collection of European and Mediterranean artworks, tapestries, marble sculpture, magnificent gardens, and much more. Thousand of popular restaurants. Fo

    The Visitors Center has the Museum Shop, Gift Shop, Snack Bar, Expresso Bar and the National Geographic Theater.

    Hearst Castle is located at San Simeon, forty-three miles north of San Luis Obispo. Visitors park at visitor center located just off SR-1 and take shuttle to the castle. Tours include a lot of walking, stairs and outdoor gardens in a very cool climate - so please dress appropriately. Call ahead if will need assistance with accessibility challenges. Strollers are not permitted.

    Several Tours are available:

      Tour 1 (Experience Tour)- Includes ground floor of the main house, an adjoining guest house, gardens and pools. Also includes National Geographic Movie - Hearst Castle - Building the Dream. (Recommended for first time visitors.)
      Tour 2 - Visits upper floors, Hearst's private quarters and library.
      Tour 3 - Northwing of The Castle and special video presentation about the construction.
      Tour 4 - Covers the gardens, wine cellar and largest of the guesthouses.
      Tour 5 - Evening Tour

    San Simeon California
    While tourism lodging dominates this coastal strip town, San Simeon has many fine restaurants, gift shops, and miles of raw unspoiled beaches. Recreational resources include famous Pico Creek surf spot, ocean fishing, arrow head hunting and of course beach walking.

    Cambria California
    Cambria is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and has dramatic rocky cliffs and beaches. There are many hotels and bed & breakfasts, especially on Moonstone Beach Drive.

Hearst Castle Video Tour

Pismo Beach Spyglass Inn
Pismo Beach Spyglass Inn
Best Western Vacation Resort
Whether you're seeking adventure, romance or tranquility, find it atop the oceanfront bluffs of Pismo Beach at The Spyglass Inn.

More San Simeon Area Lodging:
More hotel accommodations:
Cavalier Oceanfront Inn - Best Western
Courtesy Inn
Days Inn Inn
San Simeon Lodge
Morgan Hotel
Quality Inn
Sands Hotel
Sea Breeze Inn
Silver Surf Motel

More Hearst Castle Websites
For more information try here:
National Geographic Theater
Hearst Castle Press
Biography of William Randolph Hearst
Central Coast State Parks
Hearst Corporation
Hearst Company Profile
Hearst Ranch

Hearst Castle Travel Articles
For more information try here:
2009 Update
The American Castle
Castle Art Gallery

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Cambria and San Simeon's only oceanfront accommodation, is located just three miles south of Hearst Castle. A destination for discovery and unbelievable natural beauty, where classic luxury and gracious hospitality ensure you a memorable stay.

Hearst Castle California

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