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just 1 tour of the hearst castle...bebest one?

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just 1 tour of the hearst castle...bebest one?

Planning to stay for 1 night near the hearst castle. Looking at doing 1 tour, it's $25 per tour to the different area of the castle.

Which is the best section to pick?

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1. Re: just 1 tour of the hearst castle...bebest one?

The Grand Rooms tour is recommended for first time visitors of Hearst Castle. It includes the IMAX film "Building the Dream".

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2. Re: just 1 tour of the hearst castle...bebest one?

We have done them all ....and agree - the Grand Tour is the best to see.

The rest are interesting, but some are behind the scenes type.

The Grand Tour gives the best of the best

and the movie is well done.

(i.e. just giving a strong second to what Kibblesmom has already recommended).

We drove past this past week-end. we were able to see the herd of zebras on the property from highway 1

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3. Re: just 1 tour of the hearst castle...bebest one?

You don't say when you are planning to go. If you will be there on a Friday or Saturday from October-December, and your budget would stretch to $36 per adult, have a look at the evening tour. It's an hour and 40 minutes and covers things that are part of two separate day time tours. We were there recently and did two tours--the Grand Rooms tour on a Thursday morning and the evening tour on the Friday. The evening tour really allows you to see a lot of the castle, as well as seeing people in period dress, doing things they would have done as weekend guests. We chose a time so that we arrived while there was still plenty of daylight, but it was dark by the time we were done--very interesting to see it in both lights.

W.R. Hearst used to have a private zoo on the grounds, and there are still a few zebras who roam the property. We saw a few standing right by the fence along the side of the road during the day as we drove from the castle back to Cambria. Kind of a surreal experience--ocean on one side and zebras in a field on the other.

Do try to see the movie before you go up to the castle. If you book online, the time you choose will be the time you will be getting onto the bus for the ride up the hill. If you want to see the movie beforehand, you must allow for that in your planning.

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