Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, craftsmen labored nearly 28 years to create a magnificent estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways better known as Hearst Castle. Once the home of newspaper publisher and builder William Randolph Hearst, it is among the largest estates in America donated to the public with its fine and decorative collections virtually intact.
While daily tours are available, tour reservations are recommended. A brochure describing four different tours is available.
A modern visitor center houses an information desk, gift shop, snack bar, and exhibit room. There are a few picnic tables near the parking lot, but no overnight facilities.
The entrance is 30 miles north of Morro Bay along Highway 1.