Hearst Castle®, also known as “La Cuesta Encantada” ® or “The Enchanted Hill” ® is located near San Simeon, CA, in the Santa Lucia Mountains of San Luis Obispo County.
This magnificent estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways commands a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and the hills and valleys of the Santa Lucias. Envisioned by William Randolph Hearst, Hearst Castle is one of the world’s great attractions and showpieces for ancient art that rivals museum collections around the world.
Where is Hearst Castle? Hearst Castle is located just a few miles North of Cambria, Ca in the town of San Simeon, CA. Located directly off HWY 1, it is just minutes away from the San Simeon Pier and only a few miles from the Elephant Seal Rookery.
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Hearst Castle Tours
From experiencing what life was like as an esteemed guest of W. R. Hearst to exploring his personal collection of rare and ancient works of art, encounter the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure first-hand with daily Hearst Castle tours.
Step back in time and relive one of the most decadent chapters in American history. Experience the 1920s and 30s grandeur that surrounded W. R. Hearst and his esteemed Hollywood guests at La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill”—with guided Hearst Castle tours.
Purchasing tickets in advance is always strongly recommended.
Building the Dream Movie
“Hearst Castle, Building the Dream” is a movie that was produced exclusively for the Hearst Castle Theater. Breathtaking original cinematography combined with vintage clips and stills from the 1920s and 30s allows the construction and history of the Castle to come to life on a five-story screen. This original 40-minute movie is screened every 45 minutes.
Visitor's Center & Gift Shops
Located at the base of the hill, the Hearst Castle Visitor Center is where your Hearst Castle experience begins. Purchase tour tickets to see Hearst Castle, shop for souvenirs, grab a bite to eat, and see the original Hearst Castle movie, ”Hearst Castle – Building the Dream,” before your narrated bus ride guides you up to tour the Castle atop The Enchanted Hill.