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by KimberlyAnn

William Randolph Hearst, a famous publisher, in collaboration with architect Julia Morgan, built this 165 room estate, which is now a historic site. This is one of the largest estates in the United States and was donated to the public. The house, guesthouses, and gardens are filled with art treasures from France, Italy, Spain, Greece, England, and Egypt. The rooms of the main house and three guesthouses have the same tapestries and furniture that was present when the Hearst family lived there. Three tours of the castle are offered daily and reservations are strongly recommended, especially during the busy season. We went in March without reservations as we wanted to take a leisurely drive along hwy 1. We did get the tour we had wanted, but one of the others was filled, so it was a good thing that was not the tour we had hoped to take.

For additional information and photos of the Hearst Castle please visit my Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument pages.

Address: 250 San Simeon Ave., San Simeon, CA 93452
Directions: The Hearst Castle is located 64 miles south of Monterey off of highway 1.
Phone: %b%cb1-800-444-4445%b%c*
Website: http://www.hearstcastle.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 24, 2005
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