Publisher William Randolph Hearst chose San Simeon in San Luis Obispo County as the site of his dream - what would eventually evolve into one of the most magnificent private estates in North America. Designed by architect Julia Morgan, construction of Hearst Castle began in 1919 and craftsman labored for nearly 28 years to create the 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, and walkways. Three tours are available and Tour 1 is recommended as the best for first timers. Reservations are advised and can be obtained by calling 800-444-4445.
Hearst Castle is 20 minutes north of Cayucos.
Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle