Most Beautiful Castles in the United States
These are the most beautiful castles located in the United States. All of these beautiful castles are huge and were built by some of the richest people in the history of the United States as their homes.
What's great about these beautiful castles in the United States is that they are all open to the public today for tours. Millions of people a year visit these huge, beautiful castles. A couple of them are visited by well over 1 million people a year. Nobody who visits these castles comes away disappointed. I've visited them all, and loved them all. Just spectacular places to visit.
Most Beautiful Castles in the United States
Biltmore Castle is a magnificent Chateauesque style castle that is located just outside Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore Castle was built from 1889 to 1895 by millionaire George Washington Vanderbilt II. With 175,000 square feet of space and over 250 rooms, the Biltmore Castle is the largest home in the United States.
Today Biltmore Castle is a huge tourist attraction visited by roughly 1 million or more people every year. Biltmore Castle is open to the public for tours year round.
Boldt Castle in New York State
Boldt Castle is located on the five acre Heart Island in the Thousand Islands near Alexandria Bay, New York. Boldt Castle was partially built from 1900 to 1904 by George C. Boldt, the millionaire owner of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Boldt and his wife Louise and their children spent their summers vacationing in the Thousand Islands.
In 1900, Boldt, who grew up on the German Island of Rugen near Ralswiek Castle, started building his own grandiose castle for the family to vacation in on Heart Island. He spent lavishly on the castle, which was six stories high and contained 120 rooms.
Boldt also had a castle-like powerhouse built nearby, as well as Italian gardens, a drawbridge and various tunnels leading into and out of the castle. But in 1904 tragedy struck, as Louise Boldt died suddenly. George immediately ordered all work stopped on the castle, which was mostly finished.
George Boldt was devastated by his wife's death, and he never went back to Heart Island or Boldt Castle. For the next 73 years Boldt Castle sat untouched on Heart Island. In 1977, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority bought Boldt Castle and began spending millions the millions of dollars necessary to restore and finish the castle and surrounding buildings and grounds.
Today beautiful Boldt Castle is completely finished and it is a magnificent place, and a huge tourist attraction. The castle is open to the public daily from early May through mid October. Most visitors to the castle arrive from ferry boats from Alexandria Bay, New York.
Hearst Castle is a magnificent structure located on a mountain top overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Simeon, California, that was built by architect Julia Morgan for publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst from 1919 to 1947.
The amazing Heart Castle, and its cottages, contains over 71,000 square feet, 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 41 fireplaces, 19 sitting rooms, its own movie theater, indoor and outdoor pools, 127 acres of gardens and even its own airstrip. At one time the world's largest private zoo was also kept on the grounds.
Today Hearst Castle is a huge tourist attraction owned and operated by the State of California. The castle and grounds are so large that there are six separate tours visitors can take.
Amoroso Castle or Castello di Amoroso in Napa Valley
Amoroso Castle or Castello di Amoroso is located in the northern part of Napa Valley in Northern California. Designed as a 12th century Italian castle, the beautiful 121,000 square foot, 107 room Castello di Amoroso was started in 1994, and completed and opened in 2007. The castle was built by vintner Darrio Sattui as a place to show off and promote the excellent wines Sattui produces in the Napa Valley.
Amoroso Castle is open daily to the public for tours followed by wine tastings. Castello di Amoroso is really an amazing place. The castle contains a huge Great Hall with amazing frescoes depicting medieval knights in battle, a dry moat, a drawbridge, towers, underground barrel cellars, an underground torture chamber and great artwork throughout.
Tours of the vineyards and surrounding countryside are also available in horse drawn carriages.
The Breakers Castle
The Breakers is a magnificent castle located in Newport, Rhode Island along the Atlantic Ocean. The Breakers was built from 1893 to 1895 by architect Richard Morris Hunt for millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt II.
The castle has 70 rooms spread out over 65,000 square feet, and cost some $12 million dollars to build, an astronomical sum of money for the time. The Breakers is the largest of the great mansions and castles built by the richest people in the United States over 100 years ago in Newport, Rhode Island.
Today the Breakers, like most of the castles and mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, is open daily to the public for tours. Visitors can purchase combination ticket packages for many of the mansions from the Preservation Society of Newport County.
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