Through no fault of their own, most people tend to generally associate enchanting castles with famous destinations that you can find on the other side of the globe. Here to change up your line of thinking, we’ve put together a list of some of the most extraordinarily magical castles around America that will leave you feeling nothing short of royal. Fair warning though! By the end of this list you’ll be wondering how you’ve gone so long without realizing that so many hidden gems were hiding right underneath your nose here in the states.
1. Martin Castle - Kentucky
A castle you'll also hear referred to as Versailles Castle or Castle Post, this fairytale structure sits on 50-acres of land in Kentucky. Now operating as a B&B with a very popular farm-to-table restaurant inside, the castle in the city of Versailles was originally built back in 1969.
2. Castello di Amorosa - California
A castle that possibly has the most unique surrounding scenery to it on this list, Castello di Amorosa can be found on a California winery that dates back to the late 1800s. Taking over a decade to construct, the castle is the main focus of what makes up the 171-acres of this breathtaking property. Today, the winery offers tours that give you a look a the castle and pair it up perfectly with a wine tasting afterwards. What's more magical than exploring a Tuscan-style castle and enjoying great-tasting wine?
3. Boldt Castle - New York
Out of all of the Empire State's magical structures, you're guaranteed to fall in love with Boldt Castle the most. Located out in the Thousand Islands, visitors can take boat rides out to Heart Island to see the fairytale-like landscapes that surround the fit-for-royalty castle.
4. Hammond Castle - Massachusetts
A castle that's tucked out along the ocean, Massachusetts' Hammond Castle is everything you picture in your mind when you think of enchanting structures like castles. The castle was built in the late 1920s as a gift and today fairytale-chasers can come explore the grounds with a self-guided tour. Featuring everything from a drawbridge and gorgeous inner courtyard to an indoor pool and library, this castle has everything a prince or princess could possibly desire.
5. Fonthill Castle - Pennsylvania
Located just an hour north of Philadelphia, the Fonthill Castle was completed back in 1912. A National Historic Landmark, the castle's property today is primarily used as a museum and is explored by thousands and thousands of visitors each year. The castle is full of fascinating exhibits and pieces of history and is a memorable destination in Pennsylvania that belongs on everyone's bucket list.
6. Gillette Castle - Connecticut
Not too far from the coast in Connecticut is one of the most visually unique castles that you'll see on this list. The main feature of Gillette Castle State Park, Gillette Castle was completed back in 1924. Originally the home of famous actor William Gillette, the state took over the property in the early 1940s and gave it the name of Gillette State Park. Sitting above the Connecticut River, it's a charming hidden gem of the East Coast.
7. Loveland Castle - Ohio
Also known to some Americans as Chateau Laroche, Ohio's Loveland Castle has a beautiful history behind it. Built piece by piece on the banks of Little Miami River by Harry D. Andrews, the castle was constructed over the course of fifty years. One of the most interesting parts about this castle? The fact that the land it was built on was paid for by purchasing one-year subscriptions to The Cincinnati Enquirer!
8. Bishop Castle - Colorado
Overflowing with character, this castle was created in Central Colorado by Jim Bishop. Becoming a more and more popular roadside stop to make while traveling in the area, Bishop Castle has been worked on for roughly 40 years now. The castle features incredible stonework, spiral staircases, stained glass windows and even a dragon's head that's part of the roof!
9. Coral Castle - Florida
Visually speaking, Florida's Coral Castle isn't exactly what you think of when you picture a typical castle. With that said, this castle is one of the most wonderful places that you can check out on this list and in Florida in general. Like so many castles across America, Coral Castle is one that has a heartbreaking story behind it. According to history, the builder of the castle, Ed Leedskalnin, built the beautiful palace for his long lost love back in Latvia.
10. Wilson Castle - Vermont
Right in the Central area of Vermont, Wilson Castle was built back in 1867. Tucked away in the woods, visitors can come to the castle for free from May through October to see the magical building that now operates as a museum. Sitting on over one hundred acres of land, the castle has over thirty rooms and even has thirteen fireplaces! Talk about staying cozy.
11. Castle Farms - Michigan
A place that will bring out your youth, Castle Farms in Michigan has everything from Disney-like landscapes and gardens to dragon sculptures and miniature trains! One of our favorite historical stops to make in Northern Michigan, the castle will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and has a three day fun-filled event planned for early July that you can't miss out on.