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Surrounded by vast hills covered in dense forest, and hidden away from the major cities of California, San Simeon is a peaceful vacation spot with long stretches of rocky coast. High in the hills stands the dramatic Hearst Castle which film fans will recognize as the inspiration for the home in Citizen Kane named Xanadu. With state parks and protected wildlife areas close by, you'll see many rare breeds of birds, and might even spot elephant seals frolicking just off the craggy coast.

Things to see

Moonstone Beach Park has long, dramatic stretches of coastline, with warm colored rocks, patches of rich golden sand, and shiny pebbles that have been polished by the choppy sea. You can walk along the wooden boardwalk and enjoy the roar of the ocean in this peaceful spot. Leffingwell Landing is a popular spot on the beach with a sandy cove and calmer seas, and there's a picnic area overlooking the water. One of the best views of area can be seen from Hearst Castle; the mansion built by famous newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. This decadent property was built during the 1920s and 1930s, with inspiration from Hearst's travels around the world. From dramatic spires, to gothic arches, and roman inspired statues surrounding the pool, there's so much to see, and a guided tour is a must to learn all about the history of the home. There's also a huge collection of arts and antiques inside the mansion, with tapestries and oil paintings adorning the walls, and handcrafted furniture that is full of intricate details.

Hotels in San Simeon

There are a wide range of cheap hotels in San Simeon, with inns, motels, and other budget accommodation options. You can enjoy great facilities at a budget price, and these can include outdoor pools, spa tubs, complimentary WiFi, laundry facilities, picnic areas, and free guest parking. You can often request connecting rooms, or can hire rollaway beds or cribs if you're traveling with children, and can enjoy guestroom amenities such as coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers, cable television channels and pay movies, refrigerators, and daily housekeeping services.

Where to stay

Along the long stretches of San Simeon's coast you'll find a handful of hotels and restaurants, many of which have outdoor tables so you can enjoy an ocean view and watch the sun go down in the evenings. This makes the area a popular spot for those seeking a quiet vacation, and inland you'll find just a few rustic styled shops and casual restaurants. Nearby Cambria is famous for its wineries and cellars, and when you wander down Main Street you'll see lots of traditional clapboard storefronts with signs for wine tastings and tempting local restaurants.

How to get to San Simeon

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is less than an hour's drive from San Simeon, and from here you can take flights across the major cities of California and Arizona. If you need to take public transport then you can take the bus to San Luis, change for Morro Bay, and then take a bus that travels directly to Hearst Castle. You can also arrive via the San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station which is on the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner services, with trains traveling as far as Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

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