Travelers hoping to visit Hearst Castle and surrounding Central California Coast will be subject to short delays of up to 10 minutes due to road construction north of Ragged Point until 1/1/17. These delays allow the opportunity to appreciate the breathtaking scenery of two of California’s three scenic “All American Byways”. As you travel south, on the Highway 1 Discovery Route, you will encounter the bucolic communities of Ragged Point, San Simeon, Cambria & Cayucos with their rich history and culture. Visit Hearst Castle, enjoy the Coast’s unique restaurants, boutique hotels, vacation rentals, wine tasting, Piedras Blancas Light Station, the Elephant Seal Rookery, public piers, beaches and much, much more.
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.