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The Enchanted Hill - William Randolph Hearst's Estate, San Simeon CA USA

While the drive up Hwy 1 and the view of the Pacific offers breathtaking views not to be missed, one place worth stopping by to see is the Hearst Castle, perched high on the hill above San Simeon. We were fortunate to visit on a great day with deep blue skies, affording a glimpse into how the wealthy really lived.

Here's the description from the State of California's website:
La Cuesta Encantada, The Enchanted Hill; high above the ocean at San Simeon, was the creation of two extraordinary individuals, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. Their collaboration, which began in 1919 and continued for nearly 30 years, transformed an informal hilltop campsite into the world-famous Hearst Castle -- a magnificent 115-room main house plus guesthouses, pools, and 8 acres of cultivated gardens. The main house itself, La Casa Grande; is a grand setting for Hearst's collection of European antiques and art pieces. It was also a most fitting site for hosting the many influential guests who stayed at Hearst's San Simeon ranch. Guests included President Calvin Coolidge, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplin, and a diverse array of luminaries from show business and publishing industries. 

Up the Path, the Enchancted Hill of William Randolph Hearst, San Simeon CA USA.    Neptune Pool, the Enchancted Hill of William Randolph Hearst, San Simeon CA USA.    Palms and Casa Grande, the Enchancted Hill of William Randolph Hearst, San Simeon CA USA.

My photos of Hearst's Castle are below. 

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