When people think about castles, their minds automatically wander to the fairy tales that they read when they were a child. No one really thinks about the castles that exist in today’s world, especially those that are right here in the United States. You’ll be happily surprised to learn that we have our own American castles.
Here are the most amazing castles in the US:
1 Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay, New York
This castle sits on a heart-shaped island, so it only makes sense that it is the perfect place for a beautiful and romantic wedding. Couples can relive the love story of the original owner, George Boldt, who built this castle for his loving wife back in 1900. One of the most unique things about this castle is that everyone needs to ride over to it by boat.
2 Castle Marne in Denver, Colorado
Wilbur S. Raymond had Castle Marne built for his private residence and he moved in during 1889. However, he did not live there long and the castle went through many owners over the years. The most recent owners restored this elegant castle for its centennial birthday and they now operate it as a bed and breakfast. Couples can even choose this castle as their destination for their wedding and reception.
3 The Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina
The Biltmore was designed by Richard Morris Hunt for George Vanderbilt and construction on this castle was completed in 1895. George Vanderbilt didn’t believe in living without anything, which is why this castle has two hundred and fifty rooms, a banquet hall, a bowling alley, indoor pool, and a very large library. Guests are not allowed to stay inside any of the thirty-five rooms of the castle, but they can stay on the grounds in a historic cottage or the inn that was built back in 2001.
4 Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut
This castle sits on one hundred and eighty-four acres of well-preserved land and it has been recently restored to its original condition on the inside. The highlights of this castle include forty-seven unmatched wooden doors that have unique carvings and the owner’s secretly locked bar. Visitors can walk along the three-mile trail on the grounds while reveling in the beauty of the magnificent views. Couples can choose to have their wedding ceremony at the castle, but it can only be held outside.
5 Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California
Hearst Castle was built between 1919 and 1947 for William Randolph Hearst. Hearst gave his castle the nickname of La Cuesta Encantada, which means The Enchanted Hill. When this castle was completed, it had a total of four buildings with one hundred and sixty-five rooms in all. Surrounding the castle are one hundred and twenty-seven acres of magnificent terraced gardens.
6 Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii
Iolani Palace is the official royal residence of Hawaii and it was built back in 1882 by King Kalakaua. Once the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown, this building was used as the state capitol before being turned into a museum. It is the only official royal residence in the United States and is considered the spiritual center of the Hawaiian culture.
7 Belvedere Castle in New York City, New York
Belvedere Castle is located in Central Park. When Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould designed the castle in 1865, their goal was for it to simply be an ornamental building that people could visit and see. People can climb to the top of the castle to see views of the park, the nearby turtle pond, and the Delacorte Theater. This castle has also been used as a weather tower by the National Weather Service since 1919.
8 Loveland Castle in Loveland, Ohio
Loveland Castle is also known as Chateau Laroche and Harry Delos Andrews had it built for his Boy Scout Troop after he returned home from the war. His Boy Scout Troop was the Knights of the Golden Trail and to this day, members of that troop stand guard at the castle. Inside the castle, visitors will see a vast collection of weapons and possibly a ghost or two, as it is rumored that it is haunted.
9 Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan
Castle Farms was constructed in 1918 and was modeled after the Renaissance castles over in Normandy. The original owner of the castle was Albert Loeb, who was the acting president of Sears, Roebuck and Company. At first, the property was a working dairy farm and Albert Loeb had all the farming equipment that was available in the Sears and Roebuck catalog on site. In recent years, a large model railroad was installed, so that people could experience more during their visit to this castle.
There are more castles in the United States than people think and it can take some time to see them all. Anyone who loves castles will want to start with this list and then they can decide as to whether they want to explore the rest.