Hearst Castle National Monument is located roughly in the middle of Los Angeles and San Francisco at California's Central Coast along the Santa Lucia Mountain Range. Driving from Hearst Castle to San Francisco takes about 4 1/2 hours and 235 miles if taken from the Scenic Highway 1 from the Big Sur area and about 4 hours and 275 miles from US 101 and takes you to US 46 past Paso Robles. We took the Scenic Highway 1 route going to it and the longer route going back and stayed at the Days Inn San Simeon Motel. Finally after 21 years, I have revisited one of my favorite places and a plus is that I bought their Hearst Ranch succulent Rib Eye Steaks!
when visiting the sprawling Hearst Castle National Historic State Monument, all visitors whether on a group tour or individuals or families driving a car are not allowed to use their cars or vans or buses in going to the steep hills to the hearst castle, The hearst castle has it's own transport shuttle buses that transport people to and from the Castle from the visitors center every 15 minutes and they have four loading bays in the visitors center for the four kinds of Hearst Castle tour. The transportation is included it the price fro admission to the hearst castle. the Shuttle bays open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday.
address is: 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452-9741
Most people arrive at Hearst Castle by car. Free parking is provided at the Visitor Center located below the hill upon which the castle resides. Tickets for tours of the castle can be purchased at the visitors' center. A bus, about the size of a Greyhound, will take the tour groups to the castle grounds. After the tour, you will need to return to the Visitor Center via the bus. Even if you are attending the next tour, you must return as no guest facilities are provided on the estate and the Park Service likely does not want people hanging around unattended.
During the bus ride narrative is providing describing some of the things and critters that may be seen or unseen. Animals on the grounds are described, the zoo is discussed, the airfield is pointed out, and outbuildings and other features are explained.
The castle has visitor parking in a large lot off of Highway 1. At the Visitor Center by the parking lot you will purchase your tickets. Busses will take the visitor up to the Hearst Castle where you will meet the guide for your tour. From here you will venture out to see the beauty of the Castle.
The best way to see this part of California is to drive... especially since it's the Pacific Coastal Highway.
Endless stretches of the beautiful ocean... a sure way to make memories!
When you drive to see the Hearst Castle, there's a huge parking lot after a relatively long drive in. You'd have to park your car, buy the tour coupon and ride up the hill to the castle in the tour bus provided.
:) It's definitely worth seeing!
In April 1966, my parents came to visit, and we put the children in the nursery and drove down to Hearst Castle.
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