5 Reasons to drive Highway 1 amidst road closure
February 25th, 2017
5 Reasons to drive Highway 1
amidst road closure
Due to the recent storms that hit the California Coast Highway 1 is closed north of Ragged Point. We are happy to tell you that you can still enjoy these 5 destinations along the Highway 1 without having to cancel your coastal travel plans.
The Castle is open for tours daily, beginning at 9am, with the exception of New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. There are also seasonal Evening Tours for those wanting a spectacular view of the Castle under starlight.
Learn about William Randolph Hearst, Julia Morgan, and other personalities who figure in the Castle’s history
Discover the Neptune Pool, private air strip, hidden dressing rooms, and much more
Listen to narration and read text by Hearst Castle historian Victoria Kastner
View beautiful images by Hearst Castle photographer Victoria Garagliano
2.San Simeon Elephant Seal Rookery
The Northern Elephant Seal migrates thousands of miles twice each year, from the open oceans to a land-based rookery, where it breeds, births, molts, and rests between trips. The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1, seven miles north of San Simeon is home to about 15,000 animals. The area is open for viewing every day of the year and there is no admission fee or reservation required. Come see these magnificent marine mammals up close on one of the prettiest coastlines in California. Best times are late January, late April, and late October. Ensure a safe and pleasant viewing experience for everyone by following NOAA's marine wildlife viewing guidelines.
3.Piedras Blancas Lighthouse
Go back in time to the lonely and blustery life of the lighthouse keeper with a visit to the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. First lit on February 15, 1875, to guide ships along the Central Coast of California, the 100-foot-high lighthouse operated for 100 years.
Piedras Blancas Light Station has been congressionally designated an Outstanding Natural Area. Teeming with wildlife, the surrounding area is home to elephant seals, otters, peregrine falcons, harbor seals and California sea lions; and if you go during whale season you might spot a mother and calf as they make their way north.
Tours of the light station are offered Monday through Saturday, except federal holidays. Meet at the former Piedras Blancas Motel, located 1.5 miles north of the light station, at 9:45. Do not wait at the gate to the site! Book your tour online here.
4. Local Hikes
- Cayucos Estero Bluffs
- Harmony Headlands
- Fiscallini Ranch Reserve
- Cove at San Simeon Beach
- Piedras Blancas to Lighthouse
5. 40 miles of “must see” spots from Morro Bay to Ragged Point
Here are a few “selfie” worthy spots to add to the travel album.
- Morro Rock
- Cayucos Pier
- Windmill at Cayucos Estero Bluffs
- Moonstone Beach
- Zebras in San Simeon
- San Simeon Pier