Hearst Castle: The Exteriors

My husband and I recently took a short road trip up the coast of California. Our first stop was the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA. It's roughly a 4.5 hour drive from Los Angeles.


Hearst Castle was once owned by William Randolph Hearst. He inherited over 250K acres of land from his father and together with his architect Julia Morgan, they began building his dream home in 1919. Over a span of nearly three decades, the Hearst Castle grew to include 165 rooms, various gardens, terraces, an outdoor pool, and even an indoor pool.

It is one of the grandest of homes I have ever witnessed (aside from the Palace of Versailles). It is truly a breathtaking jewel.


Today, the Hearst Castle is a registered California State Park. To visit, you would have to decide on which tour you'd like to take -- The Grand Rooms tour, Upstair Suites tour, Cottages & Kitchens tour, or the Evening tour. The Grand Rooms tour is recommended for first time visitors, but my husband and I took the Upstairs Suites tour because we wanted to see the library and guestrooms. Another advantage about the Upstairs Suites tour is that it only allows a maximum of 14 guests per the hour time slot, whereas the Grand Rooms tour allows a maximum of 25 guests. I liked that it was less crowded for our tour.

Once you purchase your ticket (advance purchase is highly recommended as they tend to sell out very quickly), you can view the 40 minute movie in the IMAX theater about William Randolph Hearst's history to get the backstory of how the estate came about.

Lastly, you will board a 15 minute bus ride on a windy road up to the top of the hill to reach the estate grounds! Your tour guide should be waiting for you as you descend the bus.

More posts about the interiors and various rooms to follow :)

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