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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: Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour
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Owner 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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100 reviews 100 reviews
22 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A traveler has to decide how best to use funds, and we decided not to spring for the rather premium-priced tour. This place is worth a visit anyway, so don't miss it. Watch the video, explore the grounds and the exterior architecture, enjoy the green space near the spring.

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Balboa Island, California
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143 reviews 143 reviews
44 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

If you visit just one place while passing through Death Valley, this is the place to go. The staff dresses up in period costumes and gives one fantastic tour. I've been on both tours a half dozen times and I learn new things every visit. If you want a really neat bike ride, consider getting dropped off at the castle... More

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Arroyo Grande
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This attraction is closed in the summertime due to the heat in Death Valley. On November 27, 2014, my motorcycle buddies and I rode from Lone Pine on Hwy 395, 125 miles to Scotty's Castle for the Castle and the Underground Tours. The road is well maintained and a pleasant ride. The weather was perfect. If you are on a... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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108 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

The "castle" is at the north end of the park. It is a true oasis built in the early 1900s. You can see quite a bit from the outside but the house tour is what makes this a terrific stop. During the tour the guide brings the three main "characters" that made Scotty's Castle possible come to life. As you... More

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Redding, CT, USA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Did visit and enjoyed the explanation of how this fine castle got to be built here. The tours were at least an hour long so due to time constraints had to skip them.

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Dallas, Texas
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204 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

If you like touring houses with original furniture and fixtures, you will love this place. It was the Winter vacation home of Albert M. Johnson, a Chicago millionaire, located in Grapevine Canyon in far Northern Death Valley at the end of Scotty's Castle Road. The visitor's center is open daily from 8:30-4:15. Ranger led tours are available on a first... More

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oak bluffs
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

It's quite a long drive from Furnace Creek area in Death Valley to Scotty's Castle, but I think it was worth seeing. Taking a tour with a Ranger, who is dressed in period costume, is worth the 15 bucks. Scotty and the story of the castle is quite strange, but interesting. The tour takes you through much of the main... More

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30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

One can drive to Scotty's Castle, walk the grounds and go to small visitors center staffed by Rangers. One of the few stops with toilets that flush! Take the time to walk up the hill to Scotty's grave - great views of area/property. All of this is included with park entrance fees. BUT spend the extra $ to take the... More

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Paso Robles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Enjoyed the residence and the grounds. Did not get to take the tour of the underground which would have been fascinating - this man was well ahead of his time. This tour is open November to ? And we were a week too early.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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221 reviews 221 reviews
65 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This "attraction" is a bit out of the way in the valley but worth it if you have the time, ideally you need 3 or 4 days to cover all the sites if you are staying in Death Valley, it's a long way from most places but what an experience.

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