Up until last week, I had only heard about the majestic Hearst Castle. Experiencing it was a whole other thing! I was surprised at how quick the drive was from Los Angeles and how breath taking the views were on the way there. Before experiencing the castle itself, we stopped off to visit the elephant seals, which were a treat to watch and hear!
We discovered that Hearst castle is truly an American dream for all to experience. Because we wanted to have a complete and true encounter, we opted for all the tours available and took a two-day journey through the landmark property. We enjoyed the cool breezes and the magnificent views from the bus each time we traveled the 5-mile road to and from the castle. It never got old, tiring or boring. The staff and tour guides were friendly and happy to do their job and it was refreshing to be around people who obviously appreciate the beauty and moving attributes of what Hearst Castle has to offer. The spiral staircases reminded us of Notre Dame in Paris and everywhere we looked there were Italian, Spanish, Gothic and Cathedral type designs. It was incredible.
The place is gigantic and the views are unimaginable�quite fantastic and inspiring. There are 41 bathrooms and 167 rooms. The immense structure proudly stands 1,600 feet above sea level. We were informed on the tour bus that there were still animals from the original breeding days, and I was hoping to see the zebras running free. Although we didn�t see zebras, we did manage to see an elk cross in front of our bus at one point.
The swimming pools, gardens and archetctual structures were completely extravagant and out of this world. This place is so exceptional, unique and special, we recommend that every one visit at least once in this lifetime. Sure, y ou can watch it on DVD, see Citizen Cane, read the books, etc, etc, but nothing compares to seeing it for yourself. So get going, it will be money and time worth spending!!!
Fawn and Vincent
I loved the paintings, artifacts from the last 2000 years ,the stories told by the guide. We took the experience tour 1 ( recommended for first time visitors ). The place is very well maintained. But i think its way too expensive. For $24 i would have liked to see more of the castle. Four tours to cover the whole castle would cost $96 ,an exorbinant price considering most people go in groups. The cafes are expensive too and not top notch in taste. They have a very good gift shop.
You must stop in to visit a real castle. You do a lot of walking and go up stairs and if you want to take pictures you need to turn the flash off. I held down my flash and my pictures came out just fine. The drive to the castle in itself is worth the trip. You drive along the very famous and calming hwy 1. On your way to the castle you know your getting close when you see zebras and other animals along the hwy. If it is your first time to the castle I recommend taking tour 1 with the 45 min. video that explains the making and history of the castle. There are several shops inside the visitors center and coastal fudge (delish). The tour guides are very familiar with details of the castle and they are quite friendly. The architecture and artwork of the castle are magnificent.
Hearst Castle is a landmark and must be seen...but for the price I would have wanted to see more of the castle. The tour guides are alright and give you a good sense of the place.
A must is seeing the National Geographic movie about the building of the castle which we found very interesting.
This is my first time to see Hearst Castle. Actually, I expected to see more for the price we paid to enter the place ($24.00).
We got to Hearst Castle and only stayed there for about 2-3 hrs.
There's a gift shop and ticket area on the bottom of the hill and they have a guided bus tour that would take us about 10-15 minutes to get on top to see Hearst Castle.
We came as a group tour and didn't really get a chance to watch the movie that the others mentioned about.
There weren't a lot of places that they took us. A couple of rooms and it seems ordinary to me, maybe because I've been to lots of museums and mansions.
Overall, the guide provided a lot of good information about the owners of Hearst Castle and the way they lived. The garden and buildings are beautiful.
I think the collection on art work and archetecture is fantastic. I loved it and can't wait to go again on my next trip. The tour is split up into different parts of the property. If it's your first time I suggest the ground floor tour.
This is a great place to visit. I had heard about it from family and when me an dmy husband finally went it was wonderful. The drive down there is great and romantic. The castle is wonderful. The only bad thing is you can't take pictures. This was such a great trip we're going back this year with friends.
We visited Hearst Castle while vacationing in Central California and found it to be a great day outing. The history of the mansion and William Randolph Hearst is fascinating. The General tour was thorough and the tour guide was knowledgeable.
The IMAX-like movie also gives great insight into Hearst's life.
This is one of my favorite historical sites. To understand the creation of the mansion and activities there as well as the furnishings from throughout the world is remarkable. We can't wait to go back.
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