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Travel To Five Magnificent Castles in the USA – The Royal Experience!

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Travel To Five Magnificent Castles in the USA - The Royal Experience!Unlike fortified European castles, America’s castles were built to showcase their owners’ social status and wealth. They were erected not to warn medieval enemies to stay away, but instead to broadcast the prestige and importance of the citizens dwelling behind the imposing walls! Here is a list of five of the most extraordinary Castles in the USA.

Hearst Castle

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Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California

Spectacular Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, is one of the most well-known and most-visited castles in the country. It was built by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst who selected a glorious Mediterranean Revival style. Castle visitors can choose from a variety of tours, each with magnificent, up-close views of Hearst’s rare personal collections, gathered as he globetrotted during his heyday. There are outdoor and indoor swimming pools, and the edifice was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

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The Smithsonian Castle

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The Smithsonian Castle

Today the Smithsonian Institution maintains its collections and specimens in several distinct buildings. But prior to its necessary expansion, the valuables were housed in The Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. The distinctly unique castle with its magnificent, sprawling grounds was built in the mid-1800s and designed by the same architect, James Renwick Jr., responsible for designing St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

New York’s Singer Castle

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Singer Castle located on Dark Island in the St. Lawrence Seaway, New York, USA.

Are you a mystery buff? Do you fancy a trip to an isolated island with a sinister name and tons of clandestine corridors? Then you owe yourself a visit to New York’s Singer Castle, housed on Dark Island. The spooky mansion is situated in the St. Lawrence Seaway, and was built by Frederick Gilbert Bourne. The grand castle (with plenty of secret passages) is surrounded by lush trees and greenery and boasts its very own clock tower.




Biltmore Estate

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The Biltmore House and Gardens, a popular tourist attraction.

Many historians view the Vanderbilt family as genuine American royalty, second only to the Kennedy dynasty. So it’s only fitting that once upon a time the Vanderbilts chose to live in a 135,280-square-feet castle known as the Biltmore Estate. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the towering residence is the largest abode in America. It is a fine example of Gilded Age architecture, and resembles a European Château on steroids!

Bettendorf Castle

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Bettendorf Castle

The Bettendorf Castle in Fox River Grove, Illinois, resembles a fairy tale come to life! It boasts a wishing well, a moat, and an actual drawbridge. Its owner, Theodore Bettendorf, used a castle in Luxembourg as his inspiration and the impressive structure took a whopping 36 years to build. Of note, the Gothic-like facade is made of stone sourced from local fields and quarries.

Did you know you did not have to travel to Europe to see Castles?  Will you be adding a visit to one of these magnificent castles to your vacation list? 

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17 Comments

  1. Marcie W. says

    I had no idea there were so many gorgeous castles here in the United States! I certainly plan to drive out to San Simeon next time we visit the Southern California area.

  2. Jen Rattie says

    That is AWESOME! I’ve always loved castles. I just didn’t know there were any in this country! Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Vera Sweeney says

    I want to visit all of these. I’ve been to Biltmore, and it is absolutely amazing.

  4. Dina Demarest says

    These are so cool. I hadn’t thought to travel here in the US to see castles. Great idea.

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says

    I have only been to the Biltmore Estate out of these but it was awesome to see. I would like to see the other castles on this list.

  6. Mitch says

    This is brilliant! I had no idea there were more than just the Hearst castle in America! I want to visit them all, and even live in one someday!

  7. Lisa Favre says

    Who knew there were these many castles in the U.S. of A?! They are absolutely breathtaking and I would not mind visiting any of them.

  8. rachel ferrucci says

    I’ve been to a couple of these and would love to visit the others. Here in Ct we have Gillette’s Castle. It’s not that big but it has amazing history and sits atop the river. I also visited a castle in Germany. I think any castle is worth seeing and learning about the history!

  9. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    This is real neat information about castles – just the comparison between European and American castles is fascinating!
    This is quite a list and showcase – I bookmarked it for future travels.

  10. Crystal says

    I went to the Hearst Castle as a kid, but I barely remember it. My three little princesses would love to see it, and I’d love to see it again.

  11. Wendy Polisi says

    I had no idea there were castles in the US. Well, I knew some broken down ones but not still standing ones!

  12. Sheena Tatum says

    I never realized how many castles were here in the states. This is a super cool post!

  13. Our Family World says

    Just when you thought castles were exclusive to Europe! These castles are so majestic! I wish I could visit at least one of them!

  14. Shannon Gurnee says

    I would love to travel and tour a castle in real life some day. These castles are absolutely gorgeous!

  15. Allison says

    I live in Illinois and I’ve wanted to see Bettendorf Castle since I found out it existed. One of these days…

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