hearst castle
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Hearst Castle
(800) 444-4445  Highway 1, San Simeon



San Simeon, Calif.--On a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Lucia Mountains five miles inland and 1,600 feet above San Simeon Bay, is the magnificent Hearst Castle®.  For nearly 25 years from 1922 until 1947craftsmen labored to create an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens and  pools. Integrating decorative elements primarily from southern Europe, an impressive collection of Spanish and Italian antiques and art graced elegant rooms that can be seen today in tours available through California State Parks. 

zebrasIts name is La Cuesta Encantada, the Enchanted Hill®, better known as Hearst Castle®. It was once the home of newspaper  publisher William Randolph Hearst. Today it is a State Historical  Monument and largest revenue generator of all parks attractions, according to recent reports.


Tour Reservations Reservations are recommended. Tour reservations may be madee  through Park-Net using your VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card. Tickets are sold for specific tour times. For specific tour times and  reservations, from within the United States, call ReserveAmerica  at: (800) 444-4445. The web site address is park-net.com. From outside the US call (916) 638-5883.  Reservations may also be made in person at the Hearst Castle® ticket office. Check for prices. Tours include a half mile walk and 150 to 400 stairs. Daytime  tours take about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Evening tours take approximately 2 hours. When you see the zebras and buffalo grazing on the hillside as you travel north to San Simeon on Highway 1, you know Hearst Castle® is around the bend.