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Friends of Hearst Castle, San Simeon

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Castle Historic Site
It took William Randolph Hearst, the famed newspaper magnate, nearly three decades to complete Friends of Hearst Castle, one of the largest houses in the United States. Architect Julia Morgan envisioned the house with 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, tennis courts, movie theaters, an airfield, and the world's largest private zoo. Part of a state park since 1958, the house Hearst called his "Enchanted Hill" now offers public tours, attracting visitors with its considerable collection of art and antiques. The estate's focal point is an outdoor swimming pool, rebuilt three times to suit its owner's tastes. The centerpiece of the pool, which offers expansive vistas of the mountains and the ocean, is the facade of an ancient Roman temple Hearst imported from Europe. Plan to see Friends of Hearst Castle and other attractions that appeal to you using our San Simeon vacation builder.
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  • We had a Wonderful experience touring the Castle, unfortunately we got there early and the clouds blocked the views ( when we got back down to the Welcome Center the clouds had lifted and we were able...  more »
  • This museum that was one man's getaway cottage is so far OTT that is impossible to take it all in. Now a state park, the whole experience is arefuly orchestrated and graciously attended by knowlegeabl...  more »
  • We went on a private tour of the castle..irs the way to go. You must have at least 6 people and its a bit more pricey but worth it.We went everwhere around the castle at our leisure...4 hours to be ex...  more »
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  • This was one of the best stops on our 9000 mi trip. I would highly recommend you take a full day and get there early. Take a camera because you can catch some nice pics
  • Paid 25 bucks each for the grand tour of 3 rooms..lasting 30 minutes. Don't go unless its a beautiful day or you may feel jipped!
  • How to see the castle to the castle
  • Beautiful Estate!