20 Castles You Might Not Expect To Find Hiding In The U.S.

The United States might not have the historical gravitas that’s ubiquitous across the pond — but we don’t need it. Because we have something better: good, old-fashioned American imagination and ingenuity. Europe: we’ll see your Medieval castles and stony fortresses, and raise you expansive American chateaus complete with turrets, moats, drawbridges, and, yes, even a fire-breathing dragon. All across the country, there are incredible American castles open for all to experience; some are hiding right in plain sight, while others are tucked away in the most unexpected places. Here are 20 castles you might not expect to find hiding in the U.S. — but you’ll be totally delighted that they are!

You don’t have to travel to Europe to enjoy a royal experience. Our wondrous country is home to some truly magical and impressive feats of the human imagination, inviting all to marvel and be inspired. Because when it comes to imagining truly great things, that’s where Americans shine most of all.

For more enchanting places to add to your bucket list, be sure to check out these 16 places around the U.S. that are straight out of a fairy tale!

Address: Hearst Castle, 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452, USA
Address: The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, USA
Address: Biltmore Estate Drive, Biltmore Estate Dr, Asheville, NC, USA
Address: Bishop Castle, 12705 CO-165, Rye, CO 81069, USA
Address: Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY 13640, USA
Address: Castello di Amorosa, 4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Address: Belvedere Castle, New York, NY 10024, USA
Address: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Address: Fonthill Castle, 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901, USA
Address: Thornewood Castle, 8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498, USA
Address: Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Address: Iolani Palace, 364 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Address: Montezuma Castle National Monument, Montezuma Castle Rd, Camp Verde, AZ, USA
Address: Pirate Tower, 2713 Victoria Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
Address: Hovenweep National Monument, United States
Address: Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins, Natural Bridge Rd, Camdenton, MO 65020, USA
Address: Falkenstein Castle Way, Cypress, TX 77433, USA
Address: Landoll's Mohican Castle - Luxury Hotel in Central Ohio, 561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842, USA
Address: The Norumbega, 63 High St, Camden, ME 04843, USA
Address: Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

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One of our favorite American castles is located in humble Kentucky. The castle that sits on a hill in Versailles, Kentucky has long been a fixture in the area and it’s been thrilling to watch it come to life over the past few years. Now called the Kentucky Castle, it is a premier boutique hotel, restaurant, spa, and event space that offers such a wide range of experiences throughout the year. From rooftop workout classes to themed dinners, the Castle is now the king of creative events and experiences on its property. We are partial, however, to its overnight accommodations, which let you feel like real-life royalty for your stay!

Our favorite American “castle” to spend the night, however, is The Biltmore. America’s real-life castle nestled in the idyllic hills of Asheville, North Carolina, it’s a place of stunning scenery, lush gardens, ornate architecture, and historic relevance. Attracting over a million visitors each year, the Biltmore is a must-visit destination for anyone with an appetite for wanderlust. And if you want to take your bucket-list experience of this bucket-list destination to the next level, opt to spend the night at The Inn on Biltmore Estate. With over 200 rooms adorned with antique furnishings, bespoke decor, and sumptuous extras, there’s no place in the country quite like this well-appointed inn. And the opportunity to see the sun rise over the kingdom built by American royalty? That’s something you shouldn’t pass up.

What are some unique castles in the US?

In terms of unique castles in America, there’s nowhere quite as cool (pun intended) as the Ice Castles in Utah. A winter wonderland comprised of ice castles and sculptures totaling 25 million pounds, this experience is truly extraordinary. While this event now happens annually at a few locations across North America, the Ice Castles originated in Alpine, Utah, in the backyard of ice artist Brent Christensen, who created a frozen playland for his kids during one particularly long winter. Christensen’s ice caves and castles proved irresistible for the neighborhood kids, and he began to imagine bigger winter wonderlands — which brings us to today’s epic Ice Castle events. Opening dates always depend on the weather, but the attraction is typically open from early January through early March. Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon that brings fairytales to life, complete with dazzling LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and fountains.

Address: Hearst Castle, 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452, USA
Address: The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, USA
Address: Biltmore Estate Drive, Biltmore Estate Dr, Asheville, NC, USA
Address: Bishop Castle, 12705 CO-165, Rye, CO 81069, USA
Address: Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY 13640, USA
Address: Castello di Amorosa, 4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Address: Belvedere Castle, New York, NY 10024, USA
Address: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Address: Fonthill Castle, 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901, USA
Address: Thornewood Castle, 8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498, USA
Address: Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Address: Iolani Palace, 364 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Address: Montezuma Castle National Monument, Montezuma Castle Rd, Camp Verde, AZ, USA
Address: Pirate Tower, 2713 Victoria Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
Address: Hovenweep National Monument, United States
Address: Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins, Natural Bridge Rd, Camdenton, MO 65020, USA
Address: Falkenstein Castle Way, Cypress, TX 77433, USA
Address: Landoll's Mohican Castle - Luxury Hotel in Central Ohio, 561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842, USA
Address: The Norumbega, 63 High St, Camden, ME 04843, USA
Address: Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

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