It’s obvious why multi-millionaire William Randolph Hearst once said he’d rather be here than anywhere else in the world. Tucked between Santa Barbara and Big Sur, this part of Highway 1 allows visitors plenty of personal space without going too remote. Hearst retreated from the speed of city life to reset on his tranquil “enchanted hill” above the sea in San Simeon. From ancient times through Hearst’s day and beyond, this area has provided a sanctuary of peace and quiet.
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