The Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, is a massive estate built by the new tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
Built and filled with items from all over the world, Hearst entertained the who’s-who of the world from politicians to movie stars.
The castle and the grounds were gifted to the State of California as a museum, and visitors are welcome to enter and tour – with a fee of course.

Nap Time

Nap Time
One of the gorgeous statues in the Hearst Castle courtyard


Inside the Castle

Inside the Castle
It’s a terribly composed shot, but it gives an idea of some of the grandeur to be found within the Casa Grande at Hearst Castle


Dinner Time

Dinner Time
This looks just like Mom’s kitchen, with about 30 extra chairs!


Waiting

Waiting
This statue greets visitors to Hearst Castle


Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills
On one side of the courtyard you have the Pacific Ocean, on the other side you have a vast expanse of rolling green hills


Expansive View

Expansive View
An expansive, and expensive view from the courtyard of the Hearst Castle


Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers
A lion statue at the Hearst Castle


Solitary Statue

Solitary Statue
A solitary statue at the Hearst Castle stands out against a typical Central California cloudless sky


Hold my Hand

Hold my Hand
A whimsical cherubic statue reaching to the sky


Balcony with a View

Balcony with a View
This gilded balcony has a gorgeous view out over Hearst Bay and the Pacific Ocean


Casa Grande

Casa Grande
Casa Grande – the Big House at Hearst Castle


Concentric Circles

Concentric Circles
Wonderful geometry in one of the fountains at the Hearst Castle


Staircase

Staircase
The grandiose staircase and statues at the Neptune Pool


Hidden Faces

Hidden Faces
Everywhere you look at the Hearst Castle, you find small touches such as this cherub on the base of a pedestal


Roman Pool

Roman Pool
The rarely-used Roman Pool at Hearst Castle.


A Long Walk

A Long Walk
The pier at Hearst Beach