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Hearst Castle

Updated on June 4, 2014
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Gary has lived in Las Vegas and Orange County, California as well as in Oregon. He has traveled and written about the West and London.

Beautiful Architecture of Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle Is Worth Every Moment. Be Sure To Visit.

I have been to Hearst Castle many times. What is great about the castle is that it is an art haven, it is an architectural haven, and it is the best historical representation of money earned during the Gilded Age (1865-1905). Money earned through the development of the natural resources of the Comstock lode made its way into this magnificant castle and it was the last large residence that reflected money accumulated during the Gilded Age.

I hope you enjoy the great pictures, video and brief article about my experiences at Hearst Castle by scrolling down this fun website. 

Magnificent Neptune Pool on Hearst Castle Grounds.

Neptune Pool with treasures from Europe.
Neptune Pool with treasures from Europe.

Beautiful Hearst Castle Dining Room.

Many famous movie stars and political dignitaries were honored to be guests at Hearst Castle in the Roaring Twenties and beyond.
Many famous movie stars and political dignitaries were honored to be guests at Hearst Castle in the Roaring Twenties and beyond.

Elegant Indoor Roman Pool Inside Hearst Castle

European Sculpture on Hearst Castle Grounds

Morro Bay village with Morro Rock in Background

Morro Bay is only 30 miles south of Hearst Castle.
Morro Bay is only 30 miles south of Hearst Castle.

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Big Sur just north of Hearst Castle.
Big Sur just north of Hearst Castle.

Travel Tips about Hearst Castle.

Art and Architecture of Hearst Castle

Students Travel to Hearst Castle

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Hearst Castle is 41 miles North of San Luis Obispo in northern SLO County.
Hearst Castle is 41 miles North of San Luis Obispo in northern SLO County.

Picturesque Cambria Pines Very Near Hearst Castle.

Cambria Pines is the nearest town to Hearst Castle.
Cambria Pines is the nearest town to Hearst Castle.

About My Trips to Hearst Castle

 I have been to Hearst Castle more than once. The most rewarding tour is that basic beginner tour that highlights the main living rooms, the beautiful dining area, indoor Roman pool and magnificant outdoor Neptune marble pool that you just want to jump into.  Hearst Castle is situated about 30 miles north of Morro Bay on Highway 1. From the San Simeon Visitor Center at the base of the hill it is a short bus ride up the hill to the Castle. As you drive into the complex you see the zoo area where all manner of lions, tigers and other exotic animals were kept for the entertainment of the guests.  Hearst transformed the family "Camp Hill" into something much more, an enchanted hill or La Cuesta Encantada. Hearst Castle became a major destination for the new found Hollywood wealthy including famous actors like Charley Chaplin. Guests included President Calvin Coolidge, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplin, and a diverse array of luminaries from show business and publishing industries.  The Castle has an excess of 90,000 square feet of indoor space with 115 rooms in the main structure. Owner William Randolph Hearst with architect Julia Morgan began work on the structure in 1919 and continued it for 30 years. It was sold to the state of California prior to the real estate bubble.

Hearst Castle

A markersan simeon, california -
San Simeon, CA, USA
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San Simeon is at the base of the Enchanted Hill, where sits Hearst Castle.

Have Fun at Pismo Beach Near Hearst Castle.

Pismo is roughly 45 miles south of Hearst Castle.
Pismo is roughly 45 miles south of Hearst Castle.

Have you been to Hearst Castle?

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      Gary Anderson 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Sandy, I hope you get the opportunity to visit and even stay in a warmer climate. Thanks for commenting.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      I would have loved to had visited the Hearst Castle when we lived in California. So many places we did not see. The photos here are amazing. Even the coffee set. :)

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      Gary Anderson 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for spreading the information for me.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Enjoyed this article about the opulent Hearst Castle and pinned a photo of the Neptune Pool on my Pinterest Travel Wish List Board.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Gary Anderson 9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Generique, I just finished a hub about humor hub tags and have some old silent and early talking Hollywood videos.

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      GeneriqueMedia 9 years ago from Earth

      You make it sound easy and close. Maybe I'll check the ticket prices this summer. =)

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      Gary Anderson 9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      From Socal it would be a one day trip if you got up early:) Or maybe just one day overnight in San Simeon.

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      GeneriqueMedia 9 years ago from Earth

      This was an awesome article. You provided me with words for thoughts, impressed me with pictures, and gave me some videos to click on. Well done. =)

      I, too, love Hearst Castle. Hopefully one day I'll have the money to go to it myself.

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