Pick What You Want to See
Buy Your Tickets Ahead of Time
Wear Practical Shoes
True, you’re not going to be climbing a mountain. But, there are still plenty of stairs to traverse and a decent amount of walking involved in your tour of Hearst Castle. You don’t have to wear your hiking boots, but be sure to wear something you’ll be comfortable on your feet for a couple of hours in.
Bring Your Camera
Hearst Castle is absolutely beautiful, and you’ll be sorely sorry if you miss the opportunity to photograph it. Be sure to double check your bag for your camera before you leave!
Appreciate the Views
Hearst Castle is situated on top of one of the highest hills in the area overlooking the Pacific Ocean. So the views? They’re absolutely beautiful. It’s easy to get distracted by the grandeur of the house and grounds, though. If our tour guide hadn’t reminded us to, I would have completely forgotten to turn around and drink it all in. You can see for miles from up there, so be sure to take a moment and look out at the sprawling hills and gorgeous scenery.
Wander the Grounds
Although you aren’t allowed to go through the house unaccompanied, you are completely welcome to wander the grounds after your tour is over. So go and explore! There are all sorts of hidden treasures. You’re sure to see something that you never could have imagined in your wildest dreams. When you’re done, you can make your way to the indoor pool for a shuttle back down to your car.