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 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!

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

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 Inn, 63 High St, Camden, ME 04843, USA
Address: Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA