Hearst Castle, San Simeon

It took William Randolph Hearst, the famed newspaper magnate, nearly three decades to complete 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. Add Hearst Castle to your San Simeon travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Simeon tour planner.
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  • We thought it was a very slick experience from booking through to being driven up to the castle. The guide was informative and friendly, as were all the staff. It certainly is a spectacle, and the vie...  more »
  • ….particularly bearing in mind that the Californian Parks Service, the castles slightly unlikely custodian, deal with several million visitors a year. Service is swift and efficient, information doled...  more »
  • We went on the evening tour. The castle is beautiful but there are things to be aware of that I did not see on the reviews I read before going. 1. If you are going with small children please know that...  more »
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  • Had a great experience for our first time visiting The Hearst Castle. What a breathtaking view. So beautiful!! Get there really early so your able to see most of the castle. It is too big to see all in one day. The staff is pretty awesome, especially the buss drivers. The tour guide people on campus are very pleasant.
  • Easily one of the best hidden or forgotten gems of California! I had a guide named "Greg" who was knowledgeable, friendly, astute and remarkably FUNNY! Even the bus ride up the hill to the vacation home" of Mr. Hearst was fun and riveting, as our bus driver showed some serious skills! There are numerous guided tours to take once you've visited a time or two. Although I've now visited twice, I look forward to going again and learning more about this beautiful California treasure and its history. So grab the kids, hop on the road, and take in the splendor of the ride, and all the wonders that await your senses upon arriving at Hearst "Castle." πŸ‘πŸΎ
  • Absolutely stunning. Indoor and outdoor pool in marble, beautiful rooms with tapestries and wooden floors. Beautiful carved ceilings and so much more. Well worth $25 each but 4 or more tours to choose from. Take your pick. A bus takes you up to the castle and the tour guides do the rest.....
  • The castle Hearst is a splendid construction. Your visit is essential for traveling through California. If this is your first visit, go for the "Grand Room" visit that will give you a good idea of ​​the grandeur of this building. The view from the castle is fantastic so if you could opt to visit on a sunny day will look better(but go anyway). Pay close attention to all the information of the tour guides , they always give great information about the construction, the arts and quirks, Owner of the castle and his visitors. At the end you can still watch a movie telling the story of this beautiful property is a 40minutes long movie so if you time to watch is also worth going
  • It was absolutely gorgeous. The drive up there with a bus showed the beautiful landscape and some animals if you can catch them. The house itself was something else and I totally recommend you go see it. The only problem is that with each tour you only see a few rooms of the house. Each tour is 25 so in order to see much of the house you would need to pay like 100-150 but all in all, it is a few that needs to be seen
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