Highway 1 Construction Alert: Full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point from Sunday nights at approximately 10 pm through Friday mornings at approximately 7 am from June 7, 2015 through mid-September. Motorists will encounter one-way traffic controls in these areas when full closures are not in effect. For more information go to www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information

Hearst Castle’s history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. In 1919, William Randolph Hearst inherited what had grown to more than 250,000 acres, and was dreaming of ways to transform it into a retreat he called La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.” By 1947, Hearst and architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to house Hearst’s specifications and to showcase his legendary art collection.

After you’ve had the chance to learn more about Hearst Castle history and art, browse through the Daily Tours offered, or take a Virtual Tour, to see La Cuesta Encantada for yourself.