Hearst Castle


San Simeon, CA

SKU: HEARST Category:

Kit Includes

  • Access to our entire Kit Materials Vault, with fun facts, multi-disciplinary project starts, worksheets, and a teaching manual
  • Reserved space on our Master Explorers page
  • Student tour (Teacher Kit also includes teacher tour)
  • Ticket/reservation insurance and educational planning support

Travel Guide

Hearst Castle is located in San Simeon, in beautiful coastal Central California. Hearst Castle’s history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. After his mother’s death in 1919, William Randolph Hearst inherited thousands of acres around San Simeon, and over time, he purchased more. The spread eventually encompassed about 250,000 acres. 

With architect Julia Morgan, Hearst conceived a retreat he called La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.” By 1947, when Hearst had to leave the remote location because of his fragile health, the estate was still unfinished even though it comprised 165 rooms and 123 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to Hearst’s specifications and showcasing a legendary art collection. Now, you can tour the estates and mansion and learn all about Hearst as well as the fascinating treasures he collected.

Parking at the Visitor Center is free, and the bus ride up to the estates is included in your tour ticket. Food isn’t allowed on the tours, but you can eat snacks you’ve brought on the grounds. There are also food options back at the Visitor Center. While you’re in the area, be sure to stop at the beach. San Simeon can definitely fill a full day, and your students will have a blast learning from Hearst’s magical collections!