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Hearst Castle was built by William Randolph Hearst, an estate that includes a main house, guest cottages, three pools and a zoo.
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Tim Fish

While San Luis Obispo offers beaches, ocean-front restaurants and college town activities, the main attraction in the area is William Randolph Hearst's decadent estate.

Please note that prices, hours of operation and other details can often change, and we recommend that you call ahead before you go.

Hearst Castle
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, CA 93452-9741
Telephone: (800) 444-4445 for tour reservations; (805) 927-2020 for general information
Website: www.hearstcastle.com
Open: Daily, please call for specific tour times
Cost: Adults, $24 to $30

Publisher William Randolph Hearst's palace is a spectacular ode to wealth and excess and a must-tour for those into history, gardens, art and architecture. The sprawling grounds are accessible through a number of different tours, each focusing on a distinct aspect of the estate.

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