Plaza del Cavalier, 250 San Simeon Ave, San Simeon, CA 93452
Friends of the Elephant Seals
This popular spot to observe elephant seals has a boardwalk & viewing areas. Elephant seals: They're huge, loud and so ugly, they're cute. And each year, they gather on California's Central Coast for mating, birthing and molting seasons. Visitors to San Simeon can catch elephant seals there year-round, but the population grows at certain times of the year as the seals go through different phases in their life cycle.
750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452
Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles and from the south via Cambria and Paso Robles.
1022 San Simeon-Monterey Creek Rd, Cambria, CA 93428, USA
Rancho San Simeon
That history began in 1865, when George Hearst bought nearly 50,000 acres of the Piedra Blanca Rancho (named by Spanish explorers for its “white rocks”) from José de Jesus Pico, who was granted the land in 1840 by Mexican governor Juan Bautista Alvarado. After California’s statehood in 1850, Mexican landowners struggled to retain their property, encountering difficulties in establishing their legal title, then suffering from the devastation caused by the drought of 1862-1864. The following year, George Hearst purchased the Piedra Blanca Rancho