The Siberian American: California Road Trip: Views from Hearst Castle

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

California Road Trip: Views from Hearst Castle

When we were planning our California Road Trip, Hearst Castle was on my must-see list. I have been fascinated with William Randolph Hearst since I saw Citizen Kane in high school and found out that Hearst was such a media giant that he was able to block the movie from being shown at most movie theater chains. I have always wanted to see Hearst’s extravagant home, which he had named “La Cuesta Encantada” (“The Enchanted Hill”), and our road trip was the perfect opportunity.


In order to get up to Hearst Castle, you must purchase one of the four tour options and are given a time to get on the bus up to the property. I loved the five-mile narrated ride up to the castle on the same route visitors took in the 1920s and 1930s to visit William Randolph Hearst. It was foggy on the way in, which would usually bother me, but in this case, it added to the beauty around us.


The views were even more stunning once we got up to Hearst Castle. I loved wandering over the the guest cottages and seeing the amazing views the guests saw when they visited. I could imagine sitting out on a beautiful day and enjoying the landscape with a good book.


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11 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to visit Hearst Castle! These views are incredible :)

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  2. I wanted to visit Hearst Castle so badly when we were in California last year, but we just ran out of time! The views of the castle and from the castle are stunning! I can't believe that he had all that money in order to build that castle!

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  3. I love Citizen Kane- I think it was the first old movie that I chose to watch instead of being forced to watch it...

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  4. Crazy how this looks like something you'd see in Ireland or scotland! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. These pictures are gorgeous! I'd love to visit the west coast someday.

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  6. This place is gorgeous, look at those incredible views! I keep telling my husband I'd like to do two separate road trips in California, one in the northern part of the state and one in the southern part :)

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  7. I haven't been there in YEARS. Chris and I are planning a road trip with the kids next summer and I think it would be SO fun to add this to the itinerary.

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  8. I've always been fascinated by the Hearsts and the Hearst Castle! I'm so sad we never made it to that part of CA while we lived there.

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  9. So beautiful! I miss living in California. My husband was in the Marine Corps so we lived for quit awhile. The scenery and weather were always perfect. Good times! Thanks for sharing these pictures!

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  10. this is on my CA list. i've always wanted to go there.

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  11. oh my goodness, gorgeous! i have never seen citizen kane, or heard of that Hearst person. crazy he could block certain movie theaters from showing it. how interesting! off to learn more...

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