The 240.2 miles drive takes about 3h 47min via US-101 S. It’s worth taking a weekend away here, as there is plenty to do in San Simeon besides the castle visit. The property overlooks the ocean from its hilltop perch – William Randolph Heart called it La Cuesta Encantada, the Enchanted Hill. Once you have completed a tour there is no need to leave – stay for a meal at either the Chef’s Galley Café, La Cuesta Coffeehouse or the Camp Hill BBQ which served grilled meats in the visitor center courtyard, mainly in the summer months. The estate has over 25,000 artifacts spread through its 165 rooms and 123 acres of terraces, waterfalls, pools and fountains and exquisite gardens. Wander through the gothic style study, the reception rooms, and admire the lavish decoration, and the museum filled with Roman, Greek and Egyptian antiquities. Here you will see paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from European masters as well as Chinese and Eastern art.
Hours: Daily 8 am to 4 pm.
Phone: (800) 444-4445 for tour reservations.
Cost: Tickets start from $25 for adults and $12 for children aged 5 – 12, children under 5 free.