West Coast – Day 3.0

The good thing about living on the east coast and visiting the west coast is the time change. Consider that a planning tip for you. Here’s why.

When we first made plans to visit Hearst Castle at 9:00am on a Saturday, I thought we were crazy – we’re not morning people – but it turned out to be a good thing. We were still on east coast time and made it to the castle at 8:30 and were able to change our reservation to the 8:40 tour… I don’t even get to work by that time! As a result of our early birdness, we were also able to grab lunch before the best known local eatery got crowded. And we were also able to add in extra stops on our drive, which will be detailed in Day 3.25 and 3.50.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
Another one of my favorite things to do on vacation is to visit mansions, castles, and interesting homes. For Heast Castle tour, we took Tour 1, which included a tour of one of the guest houses, a few rooms in Casa Grande, and a 45-minute movie about William Randolph Hearst. While I didn’t find the castle as impressive as the Biltmore in North Carolina, it was still an interesting tour. Most impressive to me were the Neptune Pool and the indoor pool. I guess I have a thing for pools.

This is a photo stitch of the Neptune Pool using 3 pictures.

Casa Grande and the dining room

The indoor pool, complete with diving platform.

Another angle of the indoor pool. The floor has gold in it.

View of Hearst Castle from the visitors center below.

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