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Hearst Castle
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Santa Barbara, Solvang and Hearst Castle Day Trip from Los Angeles
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in San Simeon
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Owner description: It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
Bergen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A must!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

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!

Visited October 2012
Thank Carl H
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Modesto, California, United States
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“Worth going to at least once”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

My husband and I took one of the many offered tours this past year. The tour guide was very informative and was very happy to answer any questions we had. The many rooms and pools were so beautiful. The history of this mans home is remarkable. It's amazing to see the work he had done. Kind of sad that some didn't get finished.
My husband was most impressed by the indoor pool. Which was huge. The grounds are beautiful and well kept for tourist.
If you have a chance i would recommend you taking the tour at least once. Not really something I would take small children too. They would quickly get board I think, and not have as much fun as some of the older children..

Visited March 2012
Thank hidb
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Sydney, Australia
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55 reviews
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“Confused Art and Design”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

The man had too much money and an architect who said 'yes too much. Confused architecture. Part gothic, part I don't know what. The pools are amazing as is the view, but the interior was only interesting because of who used to visit as guests. Governors, Industry, actors and glamours. It was fascinating to to walk the halls where the Chaplins, the Gables, the Vanderbilts all sat down for evenings and movies... yes movies... one every night. I'd go just to see a slice of 20th Century excess.

Visited October 2012
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Franklin, NC
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We took the Grand Rooms tour and the tour of the 2nd floor rooms (where Mr. Hearst lived). Yes, you should see the film first as it will add to your experience there. Others talked about not stepping off the carpet; we were given this instruction but had one guest who apparently didn't understand English and kept getting on the floor...no one seemed to notice so I guess it depends on your guide. Ours was very knowledgeable and friendly. If you are in the area, you should definitely take this tour!

Visited September 2012
Thank NanJan02
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Hampshire, UK
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“Nothing quite like it”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Not for the architectural or historical purists but jaw dropping in its display of conspicuous consumption.

Visited September 2012
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