Hearst Castle State Park is located off PCH (highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway) in San Simeon. Construction originally began on this mansion in 1919. It was the home of William Randolph Hearst who made his fortune in the newspaper and movie industries. Hearst Castle contains 115 rooms, guest houses, roman pools, and museum quality antiques & sculptures all atop a 250,000-acre ranch. Past guests include Winston Churchill, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplin and more.
TIP: Hearst Castle tours include a shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to the castle atop the hill. Several Hearst Castle tours are available and the IMAX movie gives great insight into Hearst Castle history and the Hearst family. Be sure to watch for wild animals from the shuttle that still remain from the zoo that was once on the property, which includes zebra, reindeer and more.
A State Beach is also connected to the monument and is a classic, Northern California, picturesque coast of sand beach dotted with rocky outcroppings. There is a pier that provides opportunities for deep-sea fishing from charter boats. Activities include swimming, fishing, kayaking, sunbathing and picnicking with barbecue grills provided. A concession stand rents equipment like bodyboards and kayaks.
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Hearst Castle State Park
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, CA 93452
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