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Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA
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  • Hearst CastlePro 2014
    Daniel L.
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    5 Jul 04, 2014

    It is an amazing location and monument to great wealth, art and fun. It is certainly worth a visit.

    There are several tours. Each is interesting. $25 for a 40 minute tour led by a volunteer seems excessive. I hope they offer discounts to college students and retired individuals.

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    Ruth Newell
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    5 Jun 03, 2014

    America’s great houses represent a bygone era when the industrial revolution gave rise to nouveau riche, who not only built corporate empires, but also a string of European replica palaces. The enterprising wannabes benefited from an influx of immigrant laborers as well as the fall of feudalism as the contents of impoverished royal households were shipped across the Atlantic to furnish these massive opulent part time residences. "Monarch of the Dailies" newspaper publisher and unabashed philanderer William Randolph Hearst constructed his castle on a ridge top overlooking the Pacific, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Given the profound political influence that he enjoyed, the picturesque 655 mile Pacific Coastal Highway started in San Simeon, linking the rural estate with the metropolises to the north and south. For more than 30 years civil engineer and architect trailblazer Julia Morgan designed the incomplete Hearst Castle comprised of numerous structures including the 60,645 square-foot Casa Grande. The ancestors of Hearst’s exotic menagerie still roam the 127 acre garden that is studded with antiquated statues, reliefs and mosaics. Herds of wild zebras are often seen from the highway.

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  • Hearst CastlePro 2014
    Richard
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    4 Mar 26, 2014

    Amazing Castle, a must visit no doubt. Rating had to chop off to 1 star since they admission is getting a bit high. But still a must for first timer./

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    Sarah Cottingham
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    5 Mar 04, 2014

    It is over the top and kind of ridiculous. But it is in a gorgeous location and I kind of love how it brings together the excesses of Northern California and Southern California. And the bus ride to the mansion is always an adventure.

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    Mike Rose
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    3 Feb 03, 2014

    Meh

    I get it. It's a really beautiful place set on top of a hill with gorgeous views in every direction. The pools are beautiful and I can only imagine what it would have been like to swim in them - especially at night.

    Inside the castle is a different story. It's a bit too dark for my taste and you have to pay separately to tour each part of the inside of the castle.

    But it does have some interesting history and it's nice to go back in time to relive some of that history.

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    Robin & Mary Ann
    4 Nov 20, 2013

    Former home of William Randolph Hearst, now a major National Historic Monument with scheduled tours every day of the week! A "Must See" during your stay in Cambria, and only 10 minutes north on Hwy 1

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    Molly Freedenberg
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    5 Feb 03, 2014

    I visited this California landmark as a kid and loved it. The sprawling European-style mansion is breathtaking, with multiple pools (inside and out), expansive gardens, and gorgeously decked-out rooms that seem to stretch out for miles. It's almost impossible to see the whole thing in one day, but it's worth taking even a mini tour of this strange homage to American money.

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    Sara Benson
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    5 Oct 18, 2013

    If you're road tripping between Big Sur and Santa Barbara, this is a must-see stop if you're interested in California history or European art. If you forget to make tour reservations in advance, you can now buy tickets for a self-guided tour of the grounds & gardens (but to get inside the mansion, you need to be accompanied by a guide). Afterward, head across Hwy 1 to Hearst San Simeon State Beach, then north up the highway to the boardwalk viewing platform where you can spy on the local colony of elephant seals (peak breeding & birthing season Dec-Mar).

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    Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"
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    5 Oct 17, 2013

    Built by William Randolph Hearst, publishing and newspaper tycoon, this castle is now owned by the state and allow daily visits and tours. You can now even chill all day in the castle, but make sure you catch the last bus down. The grand rooms tour was very informative and the staff was very friendly. It cost 25 dollars a ticket to bus it up to the castle as no public vehicles are allowed up to property. You can stay at the castle for 10k a night.

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    Thomas H
    5 Feb 03, 2014

    For many years my wife ran the Gift Shop at Hearst Castle and then worked as a docent for the night tours. I suggest you consider both a day tour with dinner in Cambria and then a night tour on another day.

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    Pandora N
    5 Jul 20, 2013

    Hearst Castle is a National and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947[3] for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. In 1957, the Hearst Corporation donated the property to the state of California. Since that time it has been maintained as a state historic park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts about one million visitors per year.
    There are a number of different tours daily and visitors can experience what life was like as a guest of W. R. Hearst to exploring his personal collection of rare and ancient works of art, encounter the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure first-hand with a guided Hearst Castle tour. You can book up to 56 days in advance.

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    David H
    5 May 19, 2013

    One of the most popular destinations in California, Hearst Castle presents a home of the newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst. A number of different tours can help you explore this mansion.

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    Kevin Cheng
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    4 Feb 13, 2013

    The night tour was really nice, they actually had some volunteer actors dress up in period clothing to make things more realistic. The mansion is huge with massive living and dining rooms, but the the pools are probably the most impressive part of the whole tour. Golden tiles in the pool, 'nuff said.

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    Alaia Williams
    5 Dec 07, 2012

    How often do you get to go to a Castle? Unfortunately it was pouring rain when we went, so we didn't explore the grounds, but the Castle itself was beautiful.

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    Nordic Ninja
    5 Dec 06, 2012

    This place is unbelievable. So much history here, and so much beauty too. I was skeptical at first, but Hearst Castle captured my imagination around the halfway point of the bus ride up from the visitor's center! The estate is like diving into a history book, with whole rooms or plazas devoted to particular eras or cultures.

    Just remembering it makes me want to go back.

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    Jaak Treiman
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    3 Oct 14, 2012

    A monument to human excess and a partial text book of California history. There are a number of different tours offered so if you're so inclined, it would take several days to see everything. It's a bit disconcerting to listen to the guides say nothing but nice things about Hearst.

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    Hanna S.
    5 Sep 07, 2012

    This place never gots old, no matter how many times I have toured it. I am always wisked away to a simpler time and love the stories of all the old time Hollywood actors that vacationed there.

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  • Hearst Castle
    Gene Koh
    5 Sep 04, 2012

    We went on the Grand Rooms tour ($25), which was about 45 minutes and includes both pools as well as five of the main rooms in the lower level of the castle. The Upstairs tour is separate.

    Both the gf and I thought the best part is the outdoor Roman pool, which is just incredibly beautiful with the surrounding statuary and columns. Amazing views can be had throughout the gardens, and the flower garden was pretty amazing as well.

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    Eduardo Sasso
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    5 Aug 28, 2012

    Insanely awesome. Only someone super crazy and wealth to build such a thing. This place is huge 150+ bedrooms with all sorts of art objects mainly from Spain and Italy. Huge indoor and outdoor pools and all the craziness money can buy. A must see.

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    Sedrick Wynn
    5 Aug 17, 2012

    For 20G's, you and 20 friends can swim in the pool for a few hours. I've taken three or four different girlfriends to this place and none of the relationships didn't work out. People, go with a group of friends, family, or your spouse. Don't follow my footsteps. Joking aside, what a beautiful prime real estate. I respect and admire the publishing tycoon & art lover-Mr. Hearst, who built this castle. They don't call the Enchanted Hill for nothing. The State took over for the upkeep.

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4.5 out of 5
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Description

Few homes in the United States possess the grandeur of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Built for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in 1919, the mansion rests in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Prepare to be amazed as you walk through the home's 90,000 square feet of immaculately furnished and decorated space. Donated to the state of California in ... read more
1957, Hearst Castle now operates as a museum after being donated by the Hearst Corporation to the state of California in 1957. Much of Hearst's former art collection adorns the walls and decorates the grounds of this lavish home.

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