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Hearst Castle – San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle is located approximately half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco so if you are on a road trip between either of these two locations its worth taking a day to stop here.  If you have been through any castles or stately homes in Europe, it will feel very familiar.  Extensive gardens, antiques, grand rooms and so on.  I particularly liked the two pools, the beautiful indoor blue tiled pool and the sparkling outside one.

Entry is via a number of guided tours starting from around $US25 and for each tour you need to ride to the castle on a bus from the visitors centre.  They recommend allowing around 1 hour per tour.  Most tours take around 40-45 minutes.

There is plenty of dining and shopping available at the visitors centre plus a number of exhibits.  We did one tour before lunch, allowed ourselves a two our break to have lunch and explore the visitors centre and then did the second tour.  I strongly recommend booking your tours online here if you know when you will be going – particularly if you are going at a busy time of year such as school holidays.

Once you are done for the day, I also recommend stopping and visiting the Elephant Seal colony just a little further along the road.

 

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Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.

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4 thoughts on “Hearst Castle – San Simeon, California

  1. What beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them. I especially love the pool.

    Posted by ddominikwickles | July 8, 2014, 11:45 pm
  2. Brilliant! We have our first California adventure on our hit list for later this year. This looks great. Was it $25 each or per family?

    Posted by Leah | July 9, 2014, 2:01 am
    • It was $25 each for the first tour – which is the only way to see it – you pick which areas of the castle you want to see. I don’t recall if additional tours were cheaper, I seem to think they were. We did two tours and they were wonderful!

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | July 9, 2014, 9:37 am

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