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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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Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We took the tour and listened to the stories of Scotty and his questionable character. definitely worth a couple hours of your time to take the tour and explore the grounds. the place is full of invaluable antiques and beautiful architecture,

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Malibu, California
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150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Might as well stop here...You are in Death Valley and ya gotta see the sites! Death Valley: stove pipe, badwater, furnace creek and scotty's. Nothing, absolutely nothing nearby! Incredible home and a great hustle that got it built. I think his story s s cool as the house-castle itself.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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218 attraction reviews
427 helpful votes 427 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I didn't expect much from Death Valley but was pleasantly surprised how scenic it was. Our guide for Scotty's Castle was dressed in 1920s dress and made the whole story come alive. He gave a great narration and kept the story interesting. Castle is more of a California style ranch house than a castle but it is lavish in its... More

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Indiana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We didn't have a plan to come and see this place thinking it was just one of those castles... However, it was good that my hubby spoke with my father-in-law and he suggested for us to go and have a tour of the castle. It was a beautiful castle and you will notice the details that were put int his... More

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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134 reviews 134 reviews
67 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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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
32 helpful votes 32 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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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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