American Castles

American castles can surprisingly be found in good number across the country. This has a lot to do with the fact that many fortunes have been made in America. There may be no better way to display your wealth than to build a castle home after all. The best American castles have many of the trappings of a European castle, and more often than not, their interior rooms rival those of a true royal estate. Almost every US state is home to a castle of some kind, and when you consider that many people are building small castles in the modern era, there may be no state that is completely devoid of castles. If nothing else, you can likely locate a home in any given state that has the look of a castle.

The most famous American castles are large private homes that are part of sprawling estates. Such is the case with the Biltmore Estate. The home on this estate in Asheville, North Carolina is the largest private home in the country, and thanks to the expansive grounds, you will need a few hours at least to complete a full tour. The gardens alone could take a bunch of your time, and it could be easy to linger longer than expected at the Biltmore Winery. A major tourist attraction, the Biltmore Estate represents the Gilded Age in fine style, and rare is the visitor who is not impressed.

Rivaling the Biltmore Estate in reputation and grandeur is Hearst Castle. Found near the coastal California city of San Simeon, this sprawling estate was built between the years 1919 and 1947 by the famous newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst. A more spectacular residential compound would be hard to imagine, especially when you consider that Hearst had an ancient Roman temple placed on the grounds. This is just the tip of the iceberg, however. Tennis courts, a movie theater, and a private zoo are also among the intricacies. Twentieth-century castles tend to have their fair share of luxurious touches, and modern conveniences are often plentiful.

Many of the best American castles can be found in the eastern part of the country. This has long been a highly populated region, and it was also where American industry was born. Fortunes were made time and again as the industrial age came alive. Grey Towers Castle calls the eastern US home. Its builder, William Welsh Harrison, made his fortune in the sugar business, and its delightful design was inspired by England's Alnwick Castle. Harrison, like many castle builders in the United States, missed the castles from his native Europe, so he built his own. Today, Grey Towers is the centerpiece of the Arcadia University campus, and should you be looking for things to do in the Philadelphia area, it is worth the trip out just to see it.

Other castles in the United States that can make for fascinating places to visit are Loveland Castle and Lambert Castle. You can take a tour of either one, and they both have an interesting story to tell. You might also fancy a tour of Belcourt Castle, which is located in Newport Rhode Island, and should you be looking to stay at a castle or have a castle wedding, beautiful Oheka Castle in New York is not to be overlooked. American castles come in all shapes and sizes, and these are just some of the ones that can make for great places to spend some time.

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