Hearst Castle, San Simeon

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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 bought tickets on line for the second day of opening after being closed for 2 years. Buying it on line allows you to see how many tickets are left. Same with on site. When you park, you go... 
    We bought tickets on line for the second day of opening after being closed for 2 years. Buying it on line allows you to see how many tickets are left. Same with on site. When you park, you go...  more »
  • Hearst Castle is open again. We booked 2 tours from their website: the Grand Rooms tour at 11AM and the Upstairs Suites at 1PM. We arrived a little before 10AM at the visitor center and showed our.....  more
    Hearst Castle is open again. We booked 2 tours from their website: the Grand Rooms tour at 11AM and the Upstairs Suites at 1PM. We arrived a little before 10AM at the visitor center and showed our.....  more »
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  • Gotta Go If You Have Never Been! If You Have? Gotta Go back Again! So Much Amazing Stuff 2/C! 1st Time in the 70's w/my Folks on Vacation. When the Guide said "And This Statue was Made 900 years Before Moses was Born" They Had Me! ~ Bring Comfortable Shoes
  • Hello, and please. When will you reopen? A truly majestic and magical undertaking and completed mission on the chosen alter of the California central coast. Please continue to share and cherish Hearst castle ongoing. God bless

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