San Simeon, California: Hearst's Xanadu

The remote hilltop pleasure castle of tycoon William Randolph Hearst is so vast that it requires ten different tours to see it all (But you can hit the high points with just one). Bring lots of free time and a sense of inferiority.

Hearst Castle State Park

750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA
US 101 exit 228. Drive west 22 miles on Hwy 46, then north 12 miles on Hwy 1 to Hearst Castle Rd.
Tours $25.
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Hearst's Xanadu

Tour 1 is a good one for your great photo ops. The film they show is good, too.

[Kim, 04/30/2010]

Tycoon William Randolph Hearst's opulent castle is a very popular tourist attraction, but its over-the-top, garish decor qualifies as an oddity. Prerequisite: Watch the movie Citizen Kane, then come here. Ask the tour guide annoying questions about the movie.

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