Hearst Castle reopens with new tour focused on its architect, Julia Morgan

As of May 11, tourist-packed motor coaches are once again making the winding ascent up to La Cuesta Encantada – “The Enchanted Hill,” the Central Coast of California’s most magnetizing and majestic tourist attraction-slash-architectural landmark (sorry, Madonna Inn) and the best-known work of Julia Morgan, the trailblazing Bay Area architect and reinforced concrete pioneer who, in 1904, became the first woman to obtain an architecture license in California.

Better known as Hearst Castle, the historic San Luis Obispo County estate suspended public tours in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; even as pandemic restrictions eventually lifted across California and beyond, Hearst Castle remained

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