"Hearst Castle in San Simeon" Top 5 Page for this destination San Simeon by pigletsmom
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Hearst Castle is a fantastic historical palace filled with art in a lovely architectural setting. San Simeon is located about 3 hours north of Santa Barbera. If you can get to Hearst Castle I would highly recommend it. Just the drive up the hill to the castle is spectacular. The rooms are filled with art from Europe, and the building itself is a lovely spanish revival. The pools are extraordinary, with the indoor Roman pool being my favorite. Hearst Castle is one of the prettiest places in all of California. Not to be missed!
The architectural style for the castle was desgined in spanish revival, and is absolutely lovely. The architect was Julia Morgon whose distinquished career was working mostly for the Hearst family.
- Pros:Rivals European chateaus and Castles
- Cons:Hours away from other major tourist cities
- In a nutshell:Well worth the drive, you won't be dissapointed!
Interesting on-line gift shop. Basically the Hearst Castle gift shop on-line. Posters, mugs, snow globes, tapestries,... more travel advice
Located almost across the street from the entrance to Hearst Castle is the San Simeon State Beach. Very beautiful area... more travel advice
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