Get Royal on William and Kate's Anniversary at these 10 U.S. Palaces and Castles
Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii
It's a fun party question: where's the only honest-to-god royal palace in the United States? The answer's obvious (at least once you've heard it): Hawaii. Iolani Palace in Honolulu was the official residence of Hawaii's monarchy from 1882 until 1893 when Queen Liliuokalani was forced to say aloha (it also means goodbye) to the throne.
Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware
It's a mansion built by the wealthy DuPont family rather than a castle. But what's more royal than an ornate building constructed by the rich and powerful? The real draw of the Nemours Mansion, however, is the sprawling expanse of intricate, exotic, and well-kept gardens that surround the estate.
Governor's Palace, Williamsburg, Virginia
While the governor of colonial Williamsburg wasn't royal, his boss was. Adornments throughout the Governor's Palace, tenants included Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, reflect its residents' royal overlords.
Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, California
Arguably the best castle on this list, the 13th-century, Tuscan-style Castello di Amorosa is also a winery.
Old Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Not to be confused with the currently functioning state capitol building, Louisiana's Old State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge is the majestic former residence of the state legislature.
Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina
Built in the late 19th century, this mansion is striking not only for its architecture but also for its natural surroundings. A walk around the Biltmore's lush gardens and cascading mountains would leave any visitor confusing the Vanderbilt family, the estate's original owners, for kings and queens.
Manresa Castle, Port Townsend, Washington
Completed in 1892 as the home of Charles and Kate Eisenbeis, this Prussian-style castle is luxurious (Port Townsend's only hotel with an elevator, restaurant and lounge!) and offers romantic accommodations. Also, ghosts supposedly haunt the premises.
Boldt Castle, Thousand Islands, New York
Left unfinished for 70 years after the death of the hotelier who'd ordered its construction, this castle in the Thousands Islands region on the U.S.-Canada border in New York is open for tours.
Bishop's Palace, Galveston, Texas
This Victorian-style mansion will leave visitors wondering if they're in Texas or somehow landed in England (well, as long as they ignore the locals' accents).
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