Palaces in America are not quite as elaborate as European castles but they are, nevertheless, quite astounding. The home of Capitalism certainly engenders the amount of wealth necessary to construct a palatial residence. At any rate, there are many of these mansions in America, and some of them have become tourist attractions.
In Rhode Island, my home state, the city of Newport was once the playground of the rich and famous. Their mansions line Bellevue Avenue. Many are now operated by the Newport Preservation Society and can be visited throughout the year. My favorites are the Breakers, once the “summer cottage” of Cornelius Vanderbilt
In nearby Connecticut, Gillette Castle was the home of an eccentric actor, and the house reveals some of his eccentricities
Mark Twain lived in this house in Hartford.
Another elegant Connecticut house is found in Woodstock.
Saratoga Springs, in New York state, has numerous Victorian-style homes, but my favorite here is the Batcheller Mansion.
Also in New York is Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park.
In Pennsylvania, tourists flock to Fallingwater, a home built by Frank Lloyd Wright, in the southwestern part of the state.
Of course, the two Presidential homes, Mount Vernon, belonging to George Washington
and Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, both fit this category
and, of course, the sitting President’s home and office, the White House
The front of the White House may be even better known.
The Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina, may be the most elegant palace in America and perhaps most resembles the classic palaces of Europe, such as Versailles.
In Charleston, South Carolina, the Magnolia Plantation is an exquisite reminder of the Ante-Bellum South.
One of Florida’s most interesting residences is the Southernmost House, in Key West.
Miami showcases Villa Vizcaya
On the West Coast, Hearst Castle admirably fits the bill, as the entrance, below, suggests.
The house itself is positively stunning.
Finally, in Hawaii, the United States’ only royal residence is Iolani Palace, in Honolulu, once the home of Hawaiian kings..