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“Unique and stunning.”
Review of Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle
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$214.99*
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Death Valley Day Trip from Las Vegas
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Owner description: Scotty's Castle CLOSED until 2019 due to flood damage. This 1920s vacation home in the desert was built by insurance magnate Albert Johnson. However, at the time most people believed it belonged to Death Valley Scotty, who claimed to have a secret gold mine in the tunnels beneath it. 99% of the contents are original from when the Johnssons vacationed there in the 1920s and 1930s. You can walk the grounds or read the exhibits in the visitor center for free. However, access to the House, Underground, or Lower Vine Ranch are by guided tour only. You can reserve tickets before 9pm the previous day, or tickets are usually available to customers upon arrival.
Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unique and stunning.”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

What a wonderful place and a wonderful story that needs retelling. Magnificent structure. Well preserved and protected. Friendly rangers and guides. Don't miss this jewel in the desert.

Visited October 2013
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Must See!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

I loved visiting Scotty's Castle. It was so unexpected! Really good guide on tour. Made the story come alive! Awesome place!

Visited October 2013
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Vidal Junction, California, United States
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81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Pack up those mules”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

WE never get tried of going here. The extra tours are worth it. Get there early, on a week day, and you may be the only ones on the tour. If you and engineer, you will love this place.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Boots K
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Montana City, Montana
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85 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Walk about”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Got here too late for a guided tour, but I think it was even better to just walk around looking on our own.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Tom W
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Place to Visit and Take a Driving Break”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We left Grand Canyon at ~ 6 am to make one of the last guided house tours. Very interesting. Has original furnishings including dishes/china, furniture, clothes, artwork, etc. Loved the indoor fountains which were used to cool the inside. (Was used as a winter home and there wasn't any AC when built.) Great organ and music room. The history of the family and 'Scotty' is fantasying. There had been an outside fire earlier in the year which burned many of the palm trees. If the fire had started during the night the building would have been destroyed. Glad it's still there.

Visited September 2013
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