The Hearst Castle, CA
The Hearst Castle (or Hearst Mansion) is a National Historic Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, midway between San Fransisco and Los Angeles (approx. 250 miles (400 km) in both directions). Its owner, William Randolph Hearst, a business magnate and a leading newspaper publisher, had it built between 1919 and 1947. Its architect designer was the highly esteemed female architect, Julia Morgan.
The 28 years long time it took to build the mansion speaks volumes about the size and incredible extravaganza of the mansion, which Hearst himself could only enjoy for four years; he died in 1951.
During the years he could enjoy his fabulous mansion, he loved to invite celebrated persons to parties, such as famous Hollywood actors and some of America's richest and most influential persons. Mr. Hearst built an airport on his land, approximate a mile away from his residence, so it was easy for his guests to come and leave.
In 1957, the Hearst Mansion was donated to the state of California. Since then it has been maintained as a state historic park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts about one million visitors per year.
References: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearst_Castle (additional information there) + information from a guide at the Hearst Castle at the time of visit.
Beneath are some select photos from my visit to Hearst Castle.