We can list about five or six estates in California that can qualify as castles but only one of them is known that way – Hearst Castle (we are not including Hollywood’s Magic Castle in this discussion). Hearst Castle was built in 1919 on a 40,000 acre estate located roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco near the tiny coastal town of San Simeon. Famed architect Julia Morgan worked with the owner, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, over many years creating the palatial structures which have been maintained by the California State Park Commission since 1958. Hearst Castle is both a national and state landmark and is completely open to the public for tours. The four-hour drive from Los Angeles is remarkable with breathtaking views along our Highway 1 following the Pacific coast. For our guests wanting to arrive more quickly we can make use of one of our luxury twin-engine helicopters to fly up the coast and land at the castle’s airport much as the Hollywood movie stars and world dignitaries did in Hearst’s day. There are numerous tours we can join once we arrive at the mountaintop so that we can explore with our private Los Angeles tour guests everything there is to see. An indoor tour allowed us a chance to photograph the Roman Pool which really exemplifies the artistry and craftsmanship that is evident everywhere we explored throughout the estate. Does Hearst Castle put the other California castles to shame? We think so and we expect that our custom tour guests who have journeyed with us to Central California would agree.