The Harry Potter universe is filled with countless imaginative settings — from the gothic castle of Hogwarts to the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands. While it would be amazing to fly to Europe to experience the magical locations that inspired the spellbinding book series, there are actually some very awe-inspiring places here in the U.S. that feel similar to scenes described in Harry Potter. Southern California alone is home to several beautiful mountain ranges — the Santa Ynez mountains near Santa Barbara, however, offer something very special.
On a plot of land surrounded by mountains sits the ruins of Knapp’s Castle. The original estate burned seventy years ago, and today, the area is a popular spot for hikers. With a fairly easy trail, breathtaking views, and the remains of a stone castle to explore, this hike to ruins in Southern California is well worth a visit.
Knapp’s Castle is undoubtedly magical. At this time, no permit is required to visit these ruins in Southern California. However, visitors may need to present a National Forest Adventure Pass in order to park. For more information, visit Santa Barbara’s website.
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