You can see the castle up on the hill as you drive south on Hwy 1. I wasn't expecting to see such grandeur! You can't drive up to the castle in your car. You have to purchase tickets at the visitor center at the bottom of the hill, and a tour bus takes you up to the castle. We had a choice of three tours--the first floor with the ballroom, grand salon, etc.; the bedrooms tour or the cottages tour. Since the first was sold out we took the bedrooms tour ($25). It was fun and interesting and really awe inspiring. The scenery from every window was so beautiful. After the tour we could roam around the grounds as long as we wanted, and when we took the bus back down the hill, our ticket stubs got us into an imax movie about Hearst and his journey. There's a great gift store also. We really loved this tour. I was sorry we didn't get a glimpse of the herd of zebra that roam the thousands of acres surrounding the castle, but we did get to see a herd of African goats making their way up a hill. Don't forget your cameras!!
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