You may have noticed in recent weeks that I have written about stunning European castles. And while you may love to visit one of those, you may decide to stay in the US for your next family vacation. If that is the case, I have fabulous news! You can easily see a castle right here in the US. There are plenty of American castles scattered throughout the entire country. Today, I am going to share a few American castles to add to your family vacation list. I recommend checking out a few fairy tale castles your family can visit once you see all of these.
Okay, so you probably knew Biltmore Castle would be at the top of this list. It is one of the well-known American castles. This castle is also the largest home in the US. George Vanderbilt had this castle constructed back in 1895. He drew inspiration from the chateaus he saw in France.
In 1963, this American castle was added to the National Historic Landmark registry. During your visit, stop at the Inn, as well as the Biltmore Estate Wine Company.
Joslyn Castle is a Scottish Baronial-style mansion. This castle has been preserved, so it looks just like it did when it was completed in 1903. Take the time to explore some of the thirty-five rooms. Don’t forget to pay attention to the small turrets and crenellations.
One of the medieval American castles is Loveland Castle. The architecture of this castle is a mix of English, French, and German. This castle even has a dry moat. You can only take a self-guided tour of this castle. Take your time so you don’t miss the weapons and ghost themes along the way.
From the outside, Gillette Castle looks like it comes from medieval times. However, one step inside and you are greeted by all the comforts of home. There are built-in couches, wooden carvings, and even a bar that locks in a unique way.
Tours are only available from the end of May through the middle of fall. Special holiday tours and events occur between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Therefore, you must plan your family vacation carefully or you will miss out on this castle adventure.
The Kentucky Castle only dates back to 1969. However, it’s short time is filled with quite a history. Part of that history is fire and construction issues. Nowadays, this castle serves as a boutique hotel. Basically, you can check off two travel bucket list items if you decide to stay at the Kentucky Castle during your family vacation.
Fonthill Castle can be found right in the middle of Bucks County in Pennsylvania. It was constructed by Chapman Mercer, who was an anthropologist, archaeologist, and ceramicist. This American castle now serves as a museum.
This American castle has all the required royal necessities. During a self-guided tour, you will see stained glass windows, bronze sculptures, and a silver-lined fireplace. This is considered one of the most important buildings in the US. So, pay attention as you are wandering around.
This castle in Hawaii has quite a history. When this castle was constructed in 1882, it was used as the royal palace. Then it was government offices before being preserved as a multicultural epicenter of Hawaii. There are quite a few tours you can choose from when you visit this American castle. I recommend a guided tour so you don’t miss any of the histories.
George C Boldt chose to build this castle on Heart Island for his wife. Unfortunately, his wife passed away long before the castle was finished. Boldt Castle sat abandoned for years until the Thousand Island Bridge Authority started to rehabilitate the island and the castle.
You can only reach this American castle by ferry or boat. As you wander around inside, you will see the sections that were fully completed, as well as those that still sit unfinished. If you have extra time, head over to the Yacht House.
These are the best American castles to add to your family vacation list. There are many other castles in the US. You can honestly choose to see any of them for your next family vacation.
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