why we went: John and I drove by when we were on our honeymoon in 2000 and were disappointed that we would have to pay for a tour to get a close look. On this trip, we stopped in Paso Robles for a couple nights on our way through California and saw Hearst Castle was nearby.
when we went: A Wednesday in November.
what we found: There were plenty of people visiting mid-week. We opted for the Upstairs Suites Tour. The available tour times were better, and I thought the downstairs Grand Rooms Tour would be less interesting.
how long we were there: Not quite 3 hours. We watched part of the film at the visitor center after our tour.
what it cost: $25/adult, $12/kid – $98 total.
what we thought: It was a crazy kinda place where a guy with too much money created a lifelong project for an architect and builders. The place is more about William Randolph Hearst and his collection of European art and furniture, than just a big house with a nice view. The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island seem to just be big houses on a cliff. We didn’t tour those.
The Neptune Pool was under construction, but the Roman Pool was cool. The kids weren’t really impressed. The bus driver freaked me out on the winding drive back down to the visitor center. We discovered the Junior Ranger program here.