Travel Blogs from San Simeon, United States

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San Simeon - Big Sur, Eleph. seals & Hearst Castle, San Simeon, United States travel blog

San Simeon - Big Sur, Eleph. seals & Hearst Castle

A travel blog entry by schlossie

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... we were in the middle of nowhere.  But one call put us back on our way, we had found our way into the "old" San Simeon - three old & beautiful houses - but not hotel :)  Just a mile or so further we finally arrived at  The Orchid ...

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Hearst Castle

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... to the coast and surrounding hills are uninterrupted, except by the Hearst cattle and the winding road to the castle. No wonder San Simeon and surrounding area is a top tourist spot.  As we searched for our next overnight stop, we couldn’t ...

Hearst Castle (US&C), San Simeon, United States travel blog

Hearst Castle (US&C)

A travel blog entry by kitkatgo

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I went to Hearst Castle as a kid; I have no idea what the date was. I remember going up the scary, curvy hillside to get there. The place itself is very memorable though. It's grand and opulent--just what one might expect. I think when I went there ...

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Hearst Castle

A travel blog entry by raj_and_komilla

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The Pacific Coast Highway went up route 1 for most of this journey and not 101 which is much busier. We made a few stops on the way to Hearst Castle, the first was at Pismo Beach which looks as though during Summer it would be extremely busy. It was ...

Sanlinas - San Simeon, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Sanlinas - San Simeon

A travel blog entry by dandewey1974

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... that they had recently taken over because it had its own restaurant and bar (which none of the other Motel 6's have had). San Simeon looked like a tiny seaside town, which was obviously jam packed in Summer, but looked equally dead in Winter. As there ...

Driving to the Pacific Coast, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Driving to the Pacific Coast

A travel blog entry by becsher

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... sure where that was located as it was not marked (Kevin said he felt the earth move but I just said it was gas). We arrived in San Simeon on the coast around 4 pm. We unpacked the car at the hotel and started driving up the coast on Hwy 1. Driving down ...

Gorda to san Simeon 30miles, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Gorda to san Simeon 30miles

A travel blog entry by jan-pete-cycle

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... . Talked for a while but still no sign of his wife so off we went, might see him tomorrow as their staying at a campsite in San Simeon too. The decent after that hill was amazing, must have gone on for about a mile then the next steep one came straight ...

US1 and Hearst Castle, san simeon, United States travel blog

US1 and Hearst Castle

A travel blog entry by th0rped042

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... .  With the sun going down we finished the tour and headed the 3 miles south to the Hotel Area ... which is about all San Simeone is .. 10 hotels 2 restaurants and a beach!  But we had spotted that the Courtesy Inn, as well as being cheap ($49 ...

Hearst's Castle!, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Hearst's Castle!

A travel blog entry by teamjamesnshell

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Wow what an amazing place Hearst Castle was to visit, the building of the castle started in 1919 to 1947, taking almost 30 years to complete!! William Hearst worked together with a woman Julia Morgan (who was the first woman architect of her time) ...

San Simeon, San Simeon, United States travel blog

San Simeon

A travel blog entry by ivorandkate

See blog entry under Route ...

Cosa Grande  {Hearst Castle} and Elephant Seals?, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Cosa Grande {Hearst Castle} and Elephant Seals?

A travel blog entry by 29-ford-model-a

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... a greater period of the day. Today our destination was the Hearst Castle located on the coast about half way between San Luis Obispo and Monterey.  The morning drive was very brisk and at times damp.  We stopped to view the ocean ...

Anders als erwartet, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Anders als erwartet

A travel blog entry by stabe

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... an der Küste lang, bergauf, bergab und "very curvy". Die Aussichten waren schon sehr beeindruckend, die Küste sehr rau und steil abfallend.    Kaum im Motel in San Simeon (für 150$!!!!) angekommen, fielen uns auch schon die Augen zu... ...

San Simeon, San Simeon, United States travel blog

San Simeon

A travel blog entry by dandewey1974

For once the Motel 6 maids weren't on duty at the crack of dawn, so we were able to sleep off any potential hangovers that we probably more than deserved from our drinking exploits the previous night. Sadly though Lynne woke up feeling really unwell ...

Big Sur, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Big Sur

A travel blog entry by danfa

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... of road, we ended up at a beach where a bunch of elephant seals had just given birth! We arrived at our hotel at San Simeon around 5 and went to a local grocery store to buy our all american christmas food. This consisted of turkey hotdogs, potato ...

17 Mile Drive & California Route 1, San Simeon, United States travel blog

17 Mile Drive & California Route 1

A travel blog entry by lblack

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... are having a great time. We were lucky enough to see some seals released, and have a video of that which I have posted.  San Simeon, is best described as in trouble.  Perhaps a route 66 place in the making,  we did walk around last night ...

A walk round the inspiration for Xanadu, Hearst Castle, United States travel blog

A walk round the inspiration for Xanadu

A travel blog entry by jameswidowss

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We left the seal beach and headed about 3 miles down the road where we swung into the grounds for Hearst Castle (or San Simeon National Monument as it's also known). We'd booked a tour of the main house from the Hearst Castle website before leaving the UK ...

Driving the Big Sur, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Driving the Big Sur

A travel blog entry by toddfamily

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... night.  It was a wonderful day capped off with a sighting of elephant seals on a beach just before we arrived at San Simeon.  We were staying in San Simeon because we wanted to visit Hearst Castle, the opulent and wildly extravagant folly of ...

Castle By The Sea, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Castle By The Sea

A travel blog entry by cowboyjim74

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... in 1919 he began designing, with architect Julia Morgan, a ranch home overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the small town of San Simeon, CA.  As a child traveling in Europe with his mother, Hearst had gained a real appreciation for art and ...

Castle and wine, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Castle and wine

A travel blog entry by kupdegra

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... streets, but gas is really the priority, so not finding a station head back to Morro Bay. The coastal drive takes us to San Simeon. The Visitors Center is where we pick up our pre-confirmed tour tickets ($20 per person)  then we head into the ...

Detour 3 hours to travel 1 mile on Big Sur, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Detour 3 hours to travel 1 mile on Big Sur

A travel blog entry by matthew-harvey

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... we couldn't see much but did it anyway for completeness. Once we reached the roadblock, we drove south again and found a motel in San Simeon. The motel had a nice looking bar so we ate a really good pizza and had a couple of drinks before bed. There ...

The Drive home to Southern California - Part 2, San Simeon, United States travel blog

The Drive home to Southern California - Part 2

A travel blog entry by cchasez

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... of historic bridges; and we definitely pulled over when we came across the chance to observe Elephant Seals.  It was in San Simeon, a beach where Elephant Seals come to breed, molt, and give birth.  At that time, the seals were molting; ...

Rosebud..., San Simeon, United States travel blog

Rosebud...

A travel blog entry by nextchapter...

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... in a bit in our hotel room after our long day of hiking, but by 11:00, we packed up the Jeep and headed to San Simeon to see the Hearst Castle. The drive there was beautiful. We followed the coast of California to the Hearst State Park Welcome center. We ...

Back to roughing it!, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Back to roughing it!

A travel blog entry by freeandeasy

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Got to the state park at San Simeon just in time to see sunset on the ...

Hearst Castle & the Big Sur, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Hearst Castle & the Big Sur

A travel blog entry by shieldsontour

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The next morning we decided to take in one of the local tourist attractions and headed to San Simeon the home of the famous Hearst Castle.  It was built by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s, finally completed in the 1940s. Hearst was a billionaire ...

I said, I'm fine to drive..., Santa Barbara and San Simeon, United States travel blog

I said, I'm fine to drive...

A travel blog entry by zoestephen

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... .) It's funny how a tastings at a multitude of vineyards and really curvy roads mix so well!! We did manage to make it to San Simeon in time for sunset on the beach amongst lots of retirees and some open pit fires and had a cozy dinner at the Sow's ...

One Castle or many Elephant Seals?, San Simeon, United States travel blog

One Castle or many Elephant Seals?

A travel blog entry by katd

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... 2 hours (including 40 min video), we bailed and went to watch seals instead. The elephant seals hang out on a patch of sand in San Simeon from December to February each year.  The males turn up first in December and fight for a bit of beach, then ...

Route One Excursions, Cont., San Simeon, United States travel blog

Route One Excursions, Cont.

A travel blog entry by travel4eternity

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... 't get enough of the landscape in my tiny frame to do it justice!  But the idea of being at the very edge of the United States, and looking left and right to look along the edge of the country, is exhilarating. It looks like I need to break up this ...

Kingdom on a Hill - Hearst Castle, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Kingdom on a Hill - Hearst Castle

A travel blog entry by foreman

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We left Morro Bay and headed a shortish distance towards Hearst Castle.   We were a little early for our tour, so thought we would stop at Point Piedras Blancas  - California's largest elephant seal colony.  This is not a Kelly ...

The California Drive - day 1, San Luis Obiliso, United States travel blog

The California Drive - day 1

A travel blog entry by adeline

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We take a few hours out from site seeing and partake in some window shopping in downtown SF before driving South along the Californian coast. The highlight of todays driving was "The 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, Monterey". The crown jewel of the ...

Road Trip-Days 1 & 2, San Simeon, United States travel blog

Road Trip-Days 1 & 2

A travel blog entry by cobra1899

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... in the world doesn't ensure that things will work out. That, maybe, just "winging it" is the best plan? I made it to the San Simeon State Park for the first 2 nights of camping, roughing it in a tent with no services. Weather was decent. Walked to the ...

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