Hearst Castle
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Hearst Castle
San Simeon, California

6Miles from Cambria

750 Hearst Castle Rd.
San Simeon, CA
Tour Reservations
(800) 444-4445
Map & Directions

If you listen closely enough in the afternoon atop an enchanted hill near Cambria, you can hear waves lapping along the expanse of coast below and exotic zebras grazing in nearby meadows. This is La Cuesta Encantada, or “The Enchanted Hill,” which is home to one of America’s greatest châteaus: Hearst Castle.

Hearst Castle sits atop the Santa Lucia Mountains of California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean 1,600 feet below. An observation deck on the east end of the complex offers a wonderful vantage point of the sweeping vistas. (We recommend visiting around sunset, if possible.)

Step Back in Time on Walking Tours

Tour Hearst Castle and step back in time. Explore the 165 rooms and more than 125 sprawling acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways.

Three unique guided Hearst Castle Tours are offered throughout the day, and evening tours are offered in the Spring and Fall only. You will not want to miss Hearst Castle’s breathtaking views at sunset.

Plan your trip and experience firsthand the mezzanine ceilings, gothic suites, and pools made of gold and marble.

Craftsmen labored nearly 28 years to create La Cuesta Encantada “The Enchanted Hill,” a magnificent estate of 165 rooms, and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, and walkways. Its rooms were furnished with an impressive collection of Spanish and Italian antiques and art.

Hearst Castle was named after William Randolph Hearst and the history dates back to the 1920’s. Hearst Castle offers daily tours at various hours of the day for your convenience. This stop is a must on your agenda during your Cambria visit.

Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.