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Scotty's Castle

123 Scottys Castle Road (NV 267), 53 mi northwest of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
760-786-2392
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour
Description: This castle in the desert was built by infamous Wild West huckster Walter Scott and financed by insurance magnate Albert Johnson.
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67 reviews 67 reviews
46 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Very interesting tour and home in the middle of nowhere. Worth stopping and checking out. Actually here October 2011.

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS
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65 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

You can't imagine our surprise to find this home in Death Valley, the Death Valley Ranch home was such a treat to visit, the park service guide was very knowledgeable and gave an interesting tour of the home. So glad so many of these places have been preserved by the National Park Service with the professional rangers who care looking... More

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Warren, New Jersey, USA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I have visited most of New Port's mansions and didn't expect any surprise. But I was wrong, this castle has fantastic design, it doesn't have the cold and unapproachable feeling of most of the mansions. Every corner is a different view and it is a nice view. And it is a castle in the desert! The history of the castle... More

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Fremont, California
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374 attraction reviews
700 helpful votes 700 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Scotty - of Scotty's Castle has a fascinating past. He was born in 1872 and as a young boy ran away from his Kentucky home to join his brother in the Nevada desert. He worked several jobs until in 1890 a talent scout Bill Cody discovered him and put him to work as a cowboy in Buffalo Bill's Wild West... More

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New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

After touring Hearst Castle, this was a nice counter point of similar time period construction but I'm different climates and terrain. A castle in the desert. We had a great guide who presented the history of this unique home. Worth a visit. Just make sure you have plenty of gas when driving through Death Valley as stationd are hard to... More

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Massapequa, New York, Usa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a great way to see what it was like to live in the past. Try and plan your trip to do the tour of the house. You need to buy tickets for this so look into times and plan to get there with time to buy your tickets and wait for the next tour. Walk around the grounds... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited Scotty's Castle and did the tour while in Death Valley. It's well worth the drive if you're within a few hours of the area, as it's quite different from any other type of building you'll see around there! If you are going to visit the castle you really should do the tour; I'm not sure that you can... More

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Newland, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The trouble this guy went to for a house in the desert at the time he built it is impressive. I would highly recommend this attraction if you are in death valley.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

In Death Valley, of all places, is a castle - almost a mirage. The tour is inspiring in that you wonder at what effort and price was this mirage built! But, I suggest you buy their book "Death Valley Scotty Told Me" and learn about the man who is (maybe) responsible for all this!

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Sutton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We were on a road trip through California and added this to our trip along with Uhebe Crater. The tour is very good, the house and exhibits are really good and the guide was informative and enthuiastic. He overran the time allotted answering many questions and added hugely to the experience. Great Site.

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