San Simeon, California: Hearst's XanaduThe remote hilltop pleasure castle of tycoon William Randolph Hearst is so vast that it requires ten different tours to see it all. Bring your wallet, lots of free time, and a sense of inferiority.
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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.