A place like this will probably never be built again in a setting like this. Having the experience of seeing this firsthand is a great opportunity indeed.
See a house built by 200 builders and craftsmen in a matter of weeks, nearly 100 years ago! Hear the story of the woman who was the driving force behind this project, and lived here only 3 months out of the year.
Sadly, the tour does not let you get into most of the house. You are able to see all of the guest rooms, but not enter them. You can see into many of the personal areas too, though you never get near the library where a rug that cost $40,000 to purchase is on the floor.
Granted, there is a lot that needs to be protected here. But the only way to see most of the house and the furnishings is to buy a video. The tour designer here could use some lessons from the people that oversee Hearst Castle.
A lot could be said about the hike and parking (paid parking is practically non-existent-highway parking is exciting and dangerous), but many others have done a great job already.
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