This fairytale of a place, situated on top of a hill, overlooking the Pacific on the California Central Coast, should not be missed by anyone.
Stunning comes close to describing this place in one word (bizarre may be another). While one might have questioned this way of spending money at the time it was done, there is no doubt today, that Mr. Hearst has done us all a favor by creating this piece of art to be enjoyed by everyone. If you are looking for a definition of the word eccentric, go visit the Hearst Castle!
There are three tours to chose from, of which we did the Grand Room tour (to do the other tours while there is optional and based on space available I think). Even out of season, at least on the weekends, it is strongly advisable to book your tour in advance. We were lucky to make it on a tour without prior reservation.
You park outside the large visitor center, where you also buy and pick up your tickets. Arrive early, and see the 40 minute film about William Randolph Hearst - itself a Hollywood production piece of work!
Buses takes you up the winding road to the castle, sitting some 3000 feet above the ocean. The tours take about 40 minutes, and following the tour you can walk the grounds as long as you please. The buses run every ten minutes or so.
I will visit again!
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