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Hearst Castle, California, U.S.A.
In 1919, newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst decided that the tent accommodations at his ranch in San Simeon, CA were no longer comfortable enough for his tastes. He told the architect Julia Morgan, "We are tired of camping out in the open at the ranch in San Simeon and I would like to build a little something." Over the next 28 years, that "little something" grew into Hearst Castle, a sprawling 127-acre estate featuring three guesthouses, multiple pools, a zoo, expansive gardens and terraces, and even an airport. The architecture of the 38-bedroom main house, Casa Grande, was inspired by a Spanish cathedral.