California Department of Parks and Recreation has announced the reopening of Hearst Castle on Monday, August 29, 2016. All tour operations will return to normal on this date.
Travelers hoping to visit Hearst Castle and the Surrounding Central California Coast will be subject to ten minute delays due to road construction from 0.6 miles south to 0.3 miles south of the San Luis Obispo/Monterey line. There are no delays as a result of the Soberanes Fire in Big Sur at this time. Check dot.ca.gov for any changes.
By 1852, a whaling station was established at the natural harbor found at San Simeon Point. The whaling industry developed around the migration of the Grey whale as they traveled south to their breeding ground in Scammons Bay in Baja California or on their return trip to the Arctic and Alaskan waters.
Led by experienced guides, visitors can tour Hearst Castle and encounter first-hand the majesty and beauty of the historical treasure.