Design and construction of La Cuesta Encantada ( the Enchanted Hill) took over three decades. This tour explores the evolution of William Randolph Hearst’s magnificent estate from its earliest constriction in the 1920s, through the final touches of the mid-1940s. Your knowledgeable guide will take you by the world-famous Neptune Pool and through the lush gardens of of the estate. After exploring the grounds, you will see the interior rooms of Casa del Sol, one of the three guests cottages. The rest of the tour will take you to the North Wing of Casa Grande. Workers completed these guest rooms in the late 1930s and mid-1940s; they stand in stark contrast to the rest of estate and reflect the changing tastes of both the client, William Randolph Hearst, and architect Julia Morgan. Your tour ends with a behind the scenes trip to the glorious Roman pool where you will visit dressing rooms and end your tour poolside.
The Designing the Dream tour is 75 minutes long. The route includes approximately 320 steps, both up and down, and 1.2 mile walk. For those who have difficulty walking or standing for lengths of time, we recommend Accessibly Designed Tours.
Tour Changes and Cancellation Policy
Subject to availability, changes in tour date or time can be made for a fee of $3.50 per ticket. Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the tour's start time by calling 1-800-695-2269. A $7.00 cancellation fee and a $3.50 service fee per ticket will be charged.