The 40 Most Beautiful Castles You Can Visit in the United States
Italy? Spain? Nope, this ruin is in California. When you think of ancient castles, maybe you picture a European palace straight out of a storybook. You know, the ones with moats, drawbridges...the works. Or perhaps you think of mysterious ruins hidden deep in the jungles of South America. Well, lucky for you, there's no need to travel that far to see one in person—there are plenty of elaborate castles in the USA, all with their own unique history and design. From a dreamy hidden treasure tucked away in Central Park to a cliffside dwelling in Arizona that dates back 800 years to the property where Kevin Jonas got married and Taylor Swift filmed her "Blank Space" music video, get ready to add all of these stunning adventures to your travel bucket list ASAP. (Spoiler: The only official royal residence in the country is on this list!) Now, we admit not all of these are technically castles—but once you see each of them, we think you'll agree they belong on this list in all their majestic glory. Want to book a trip to one of these jaw-dropping estates? Be sure to check if tours are currently being offered first (some are seasonal and are only open to the public during certain months of the year, so do your research before venturing out). Without further ado, we present the most beautiful American castles that will make you feel like you're in a fairytale.
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