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“A true Castle, in the Desert”
Review of Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle
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US$214.99*
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Death Valley Day Trip from Las Vegas
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Scotty's Castle CLOSED until 2019 due to flood damage. This 1920s vacation home in the desert was built by insurance magnate Albert Johnson. However, at the time most people believed it belonged to Death Valley Scotty, who claimed to have a secret gold mine in the tunnels beneath it. 99% of the contents are original from when the Johnssons vacationed there in the 1920s and 1930s. You can walk the grounds or read the exhibits in the visitor center for free. However, access to the House, Underground, or Lower Vine Ranch are by guided tour only. You can reserve tickets before 9pm the previous day, or tickets are usually available to customers upon arrival.
Ventura, California
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A true Castle, in the Desert”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Well worth the 30 mile drive North (as if you go a little further, Ubehebe Crater awaits you), and be sure to take both the 'tour' (the Organ music is not to be missed) and walk up the hill to Scotty's (and his dog) Burial site, for an impressive view of the Castle grounds. To your right, you will also see the railroad ties that were dug up from the Tonopah & Tidewater RR that once serviced Rhyolite, the Ghost Town off the top of Titus Cyn, They were brought in for Scotty's Castle's Fire place, for cold winters. Too bad the Castle was never finished.

Visited September 2012
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Crazy”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

This is a must to go and tour. Make sure you visit down below and walk to see Scotty's grave. Look out back to view the firewood. I bought a book to read more stories about Scotty.

Visited June 2013
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Hudson, Florida
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102 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“desert surprise”
Reviewed 14 July 2013

Despite the intense heat, this is a great place to visit. Ranger was very friendly and informative, castle and grounds beautiful and history of the area, people and steps that led to the building of this "resort" was very interesting. The ride to and from the actual castle is also well worth the effort--beautiful scenery.

Visited June 2013
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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154 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Fabulous - just fabulous”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Extraordinary architecture and craftsmanship - literally an oasis in the desert.

The tour was fascinating, and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. This over-the-top mansion has an over-the-top story to match. This is a living history tour which allows you to get up close to amazing paintings, artwork, ceramics and wrought iron.

Take the time to do this tour while you can still walk through the rooms, and get up close to the actual pieces.

Be sure to leave ALL purses and bags in your car, no food or drink - not even a bottle of water - are allowed in the Castle.

Bonus: Your admission fee stays in park.

Visited April 2013
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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241 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Eccentric Oasis”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Death Valley is dry and hot and widespread. You don't see a lot of civilization here.
The castle has an eccentric background and great guides. Going here is great for a change because you see non stop natural sites, it is good to see a more human spot. It feels GREAT to go thru a house/castle as a break.
Scotty's Castle built here because they have 350 gallons a minute running water. A lot of celebrities have stayed here over the years.
They have their own power station, but I couldn't see that they had enough water, but, it was the DRY season so maybe more water in the winter?
Architecture is great, inside furnishings unusual and interesting.

Visited June 2013
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