The Old World is known for its incredible and varied histories, its many cultures and languages, and its fantastical places decorated with ruins, cities, and castles, remnants of an long gone era.
The New World lacks the lengthy history of places like Europe, Africa, and Asia, but in a relatively short several centuries, dedicated architects, millionaires, and dreamers have made up for lost time. Especially after the Industrial Revolution and during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, wealthy Americans built up both the city and frontier with massive mansions, estates, and castles that would leave their mark on the world long after their builders and owners were gone from the pages of history.
Across the country, but especially in New York and California, these anachronistic castles can be seen tucked into the countryside, visceral ghosts of America’s great past. And as families changed, moved away, or died, these amazing properties often passed into the hands of local governments and historical foundations, which have undertaken the huge tasks of maintenance and upkeep. Luckily for us, this means that many of these homes have been made public, open to tours and visits throughout the year.
Start the slideshow below to see some of the most incredible castles, chateaus, and palazzos that you can still visit in America to be whisked away into the past. These are 12 of the most magnificently preserved castles in the country, plus several bonus follies and towers you can also visit! SHARE this list if you love these beautiful remains of our country’s rich history.
I can’t believe these amazing castles exist in America! Planning my next weekend trip now!