Where can you see zebras and cows grazing together on the coast against the backdrop of a castle? At Hearst Castle, of course! Located 45 miles north of San Luis Obispo is La Cuesta Encantada® – The Enchanted Hill® – once home to the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst from 1919 until 1947. Hearst Castle is now maintained as a state historic monument and is open to viewing from the public daily. The castle features 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, 165 rooms in four houses, a movie theater, an airfield and even a zoo. You can even get to Hearst Castle without a car, if you’re up to the challenge!
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Bus Directions to HearstCastle: On the weekend, take the first SLO RTA Route 12 B bus at 9:33am from the San Luis Obispo Government Center to arrive at the Hearst Castle Information Center at 11:28am. Grab a bite to eat at the Visitor’s Center Snack Bar before you take one of the several tours offered at the castle (except the evening tour, due to the lack of bus availability). After your 1 hour and 45 minute tour, enjoy some time in the gift shop before catching the RTA 12 B bus back to SLO at 4:39pm (on Saturdays) or 3:39pm (on Sundays). You will arrive back in SLO at 6:27pm or 5:27pm, respectively. If you take Tour One, you should schedule a tour before noon to allow yourself enough time to enjoy the 40-minute original movie, Hearst Castle Building the Dream that is included in the purchase price of that tour. You should book your reservation at Hearst Castle ahead of time, as tours often sell out. Be sure to book a tour that allows you to get back to the bus by the time it departs! Service to Hearst Castle® is also available on the weekdays via RTA 12A and 12 B with one connection in Morro Bay.
Other Car Free ways to get to HearstCastle: There are other transportation options for getting to Hearst Castle that will help reduce your car-bon footprint.See Almost Car Free for more ideas.
* Photo courtesy of Hearst Castle®/California State Parks
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