La Cuesta Encantada
San Simeon, California
Oh, if these palm trees could talk. Rising out of the hills of the California coastline looms the most famous of America’s castles: William Randolph Hearst’s La Cuesta Encantada, better known as Hearst’s Castle. With 165 rooms, endless gardens, Roman temples and statuaries, Hearst’s Castle was the site of the world’s most glamorous -- and perhaps wildest – Hollywood house parties in its heyday of the 1930s. Who knows how many stars skinny-dipped in its famous statue-lined Neptune Pool? George Bernard Shaw, while visiting the castle, reportedly quipped to the media tycoon, “Mr. Hearst, yours is the kind of castle that God would build if he had your kind of money.”
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