California's Hearst Castle

California's Hearst Castle

Just about two hours north of Santa Barbara, sits a historic and majestic castle open for your exploration. Hearst Castle is in San Simeon, which is only about a half hour north of San Luis Obispo.

The castle is littered with historic sculptures and ornate art. Sit and relish the elaborate architecture or take a tour and wander around learning about the history of this incredible land. The best time to explore is during the Christmas season. The staff works diligently to make the castle look just as it would have during Christmas in the 1920’s and 30’s. Docents lead tours in costume and the entire experience is unforgettable.

There are five different tours to choose from spanning from The Experience Tour to The Garden Tour to The Evening Tour, and of course, you can take yourself on a self-guided tour as well.

The Hearst Castle Gardens are full and flush and leave you feeling refreshed, with a new perspective on life. The coastal drive up will prove to be therapeutic and some time spent in the gardens will be the icing on the cake. Go explore. Ask questions. Be curious. Or just be quiet. Whatever it is you’re out to get, you’ll certainly find it at Hearst Castle. Lose yourself and soak it up. You won’t regret it.