United States California San Simeon

Hearst Ranch

A historic 250,000-acre estate with a grand mansion renowned for its opulence, extensive art collection, and as a retreat for the wealthy elite.

Hearst Ranch Guides

  • Hearst Castle and the Central California Coast: The Perfect 2 Day Itinerary

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    Hearst Castle is a must see attraction on the Central California Coast. I had seen the photos, heard the hype, but nothing prepared me for just how magnificent this architectural wonder really is. Only a 3 hour drive from the SF Bay Area and a 4 hour drive from Los Angeles, it is very do-able for a quick weekend getaway. Hearst Castle itself can be toured in 3 hours, leaving plenty of time to see some of the surrounding area. Here, I share some of my favorite spots in the area for a perfect 2 day getaway.