Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles, and from the south via Cambria and Paso Robles.


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.

Physical Requirements

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.

Visit the Grounds

Roman Pool
Neptune Pool
The Gardens
  • 1 Roman Pool

    Located where you board the bus to return to the Visitor Center, the intensely decorated indoor Roman Pool is the perfect place to stop and relax. Modeled after ancient Roman baths, this meticulously detailed, majestic pool is tiled from ceiling to floor, and features marble copies of eight ancient Greek and Roman deities and athletes.

  • 2 Neptune Pool

    Continue the tour at your own pace to the dramatic and spectacular Neptune Pool with its fantastic references to ancient times. The colonnades and statues provided the setting for lavish pool parties and lively social gatherings.

  • 3 The Gardens

    After the guided portion of your tour concludes, explore the expansive garden grounds that surround “La Cuesta Encantada”—Hearst’s Spanish name for The Enchanted Hill. Look for native plants, rare flowers and lush foliage that have been at the Castle since Mr. Hearst resided here.