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Hearst Castle : Highway 101

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Fun Fact: William Randolph Hearst Jr and I share the same birthday! Which I didn’t find out until I was there, on my birthday. *Cheers to 23*

The glorious luxury that is Hearst Castle cannot even be captured within pictures. The detailed intricacies in every piece of the castle is absolutely magnificent. Real gold is delicately lined within the tiles above. This golden door, is but an entrance to the “small” guest house.

 

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Hearst received his riches from his father who came to California during the Gold Rush and acquired most of his wealth from silver. When Hearst decided to step into journalism, his father bought him a newspaper company and Hearst quickly turned it into the nation’s largest newspaper and media chain, bringing in even more wealth.

Hearst had people continue to tend to gardens and animals on his land, and brought animals from all over the world to graze the hills. There are still Zebra and other animals there today.

 

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William Hearst created the ultimate museum. Everywhere you turn there are artifacts from every time period and part of the world. Walk through 13th century french arches, pass stone statues dating back to 3000 years ago, and more. It truly is incredible and almost overwhelming.

 

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It’s crazy to believe stars like Charlie Chaplin once walked these halls as their weekend getaway as Hearst’s guests.

 

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Hearst Castle is a bit pricey for those on a budget. One tour costs $25 (plus an $8 service fee for reservations) per ticket. We did the Grand Rooms Tour, but if I get another opportunity to go I would also love to do the Upstairs Suites Tour! There is so much to see and even after two hours I felt like I didn’t get a chance to see everything that I wanted to.

It is well worth the price and definitely worth a stop along Highway 101 or Pacific Coast HIghway!

 

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