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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 22 February 2016

Hearst Castle on a Los Angeles Tour

We are heading up to visit Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle as a Private Tour Destination

We can list about five or six estates in California that can qualify as castles but only one of them is known that way – Hearst Castle (we are not including Hollywood’s Magic Castle in this discussion).   Hearst Castle was built in 1919 on a 40,000 acre estate located roughly halfway between The indoor pool at Hearst CastleLos Angeles and San Francisco near the tiny coastal town of San Simeon.  Famed architect Julia Morgan worked with the owner, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, over many years creating the palatial structures which have been maintained by the California State Park Commission since 1958.  Hearst Castle is both a national and state landmark and is completely open to the public for tours.  The four-hour drive from Los Angeles is remarkable with breathtaking views along our Highway 1 following the Pacific coast.  For our guests wanting to arrive more quickly we can make use of one of our luxury twin-engine helicopters to fly up the coast and land at the castle’s airport much as the Hollywood movie stars and world dignitaries did in Hearst’s day.  There are numerous tours we can join once we arrive at the mountaintop so that we can explore with our private Los Angeles tour guests everything there is to see.  An indoor tour allowed us a chance to photograph the Inside Hearst Castle at one end of the Roman PoolRoman Pool which really exemplifies the artistry and craftsmanship that is evident everywhere we explored throughout the estate.  Does Hearst Castle put the other California castles to shame?  We think so and we expect that our custom tour guests who have journeyed with us to Central California would agree.



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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:07 1 October 2012

Los Angeles Has Many Siblings

Photo of Los Angeles Sister Cities marker

According to this signpost at the intersection of First and Main Streets in downtown Los Angeles, there are 25 Sister Cities for our City of Angels.  What a great trivia question.  And, for extra credit — name them.  Extra extra credit —indicate on which continent they are.  According to the LA Sister Cities website it was President Eisenhower in 1956 who created the Sister Cities program to foster trade and goodwill across nations.  Not a bad idea.  This is just one of the many notable landmarks that we show our private luxury tour guests interested in seeing downtown Los Angeles.

OK, here is a list of the Los Angeles Sister Cities:

Athens, Greece
Auckland, New Zealand
Beirut, Lebanon
Berlin, Germany
Bordeaux, France
Busan, South Korea
Eilat, Israel
Giza, Egypt
Guangzhou, China
Ischia, Italy
Jakarta, Indonesia
Kaunas, Lithuania
Lusaka, Zambia
Makati, Phillippines
Mexico City, Mexico
Mumbai, India
Nagoya, Japan
St. Petersburg, Russia
Salvador, Brazil
San Salvador, El Salvador
Split, Croatia
Taipei, Taiwan
Tehran, Iran
Vancouver, Canada
Yerevan, Armenia



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