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San Simeon

One of the country’s most enchanting architectural wonders, San Simeon’s Hearst Castle is made up of luxurious pools, opulent gardens, sun-dappled terraces and world-renowned art collections. Pick from a bevy of Hearst Castle tours to suit your fancy, and keep an eye out for zebras that still roam this legendary estate’s property, along historic Highway 1. The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery is the only elephant seal viewing area in the world that is easily accessible, free and open to the public all year long. Stretching from San Francisco to San Simeon and Cambria, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of our nation’s largest sanctuaries, encompassing more than 6,094 square miles of federally protected marine habitat. Kayak, traverse tide pools, and be on the lookout for whales, seabirds and other aquatic life. Home to two campgrounds—San Simeon Creek Campground and Washburn Primitive Campground—explore diverse terrain that ranges from serene coastal vistas to stately pine forests. With miles of uninhabited, rugged beaches to stroll and the iconic Piedras Blancas Light Station to visit, San Simeon is a breath of fresh air. 

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