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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.
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“Must See!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

I loved visiting Scotty's Castle. It was so unexpected! Really good guide on tour. Made the story come alive! Awesome place!

Visited October 2013
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Vidal Junction, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Pack up those mules”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

WE never get tried of going here. The extra tours are worth it. Get there early, on a week day, and you may be the only ones on the tour. If you and engineer, you will love this place.

Visited December 2012
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Montana City, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Walk about”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Got here too late for a guided tour, but I think it was even better to just walk around looking on our own.

Visited September 2013
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Place to Visit and Take a Driving Break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

We left Grand Canyon at ~ 6 am to make one of the last guided house tours. Very interesting. Has original furnishings including dishes/china, furniture, clothes, artwork, etc. Loved the indoor fountains which were used to cool the inside. (Was used as a winter home and there wasn't any AC when built.) Great organ and music room. The history of the family and 'Scotty' is fantasying. There had been an outside fire earlier in the year which burned many of the palm trees. If the fire had started during the night the building would have been destroyed. Glad it's still there.

Visited September 2013
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Auckand
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“Worth the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

We drove to Death Valley from Las Vegas so had had a long day by the time we got to Scotty's castle. We were tired and wondering at the wisdoms of travelling such a long way to see a castle. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised and we took the hour long tour.
A very amazing story of interesting people and told so well by our guide.
The castle itself has been very well preserved and the current owners are making every effort to ensure it stays in its pristine condition. Great architecture and furnishings, an interesting and well told story, well worth the effort.
Note, it is hot in there. No water allowed and little chance to sit. Be prepared.

Visited September 2013
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