Magnificent Must-See Mansions

Take an elegant journey through America’s greatest estates from a bygone era: See gold-leaf ceilings, indoor swimming pools and more at some very posh places sure to leave you a bit ... envious.

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The Broadmoor (Colorado)

The Broadmoor (Colorado)

The Broadmoor was built in the early 20th century as the "Grand Dame of the Rockies." Sitting at an elevation of 6,230 feet above sea level, the hotel was one of the finest resort destinations during the Gilded Age. 960 1280

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Biltmore Estate (North Carolina)

Biltmore Estate (North Carolina)

Although the mansion itself is only available for tours, not overnight stays, the estate boasts three well-appointed lodging properties: The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Cottage on Biltmore Estate and Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate. 960 1280

By RLTerry (R. L. Terry) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons  

Hotel Del Coronado (California)

Hotel Del Coronado (California)

Located just across from the San Diego Bay, Hotel del Coronado is one of the largest wooden structures in the U.S. Built in 1888, the hotel has gone on to host presidents, royalty and celebrities, like Charlie Chaplin back in the day. 960 1280

Hotel del Coronado  

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Louisiana)

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Louisiana)

Take a stroll through the largest antebellum mansion in the South. Built in 1859, Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA, has three floors, six taircases, three bathrooms and a whopping 64 rooms. 960 1280

Robin Castaldi  

The Cincinnatian Hotel (Ohio)

The Cincinnatian Hotel (Ohio)

The Cincinnatian Hotel has been a landmark of downtown Cincinnati since 1882. The hotel, originally known as the Palace Hotel, spans eight stories, and was built in the French Second Empire architectural style. 960 1280

By Photo by Greg Hume (Greg5030) (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Beverly Hills Hotel (California)

Beverly Hills Hotel (California)

Opened in 1912, the famed Beverly Hills Hotel hosted the Silent Age’s great stars, from Rudolph Valentino to Gloria Swanson. The hotel was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, in the Mediterranean Revival style.  960 1280

Beverly Hills Hotel  

The Plaza Hotel (New York)

The Plaza Hotel (New York)

Located across from Central Park, the famed Plaza Hotel is one of the prized jewels of Manhattan. The 20-story luxury hotel was featured in Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby." It was also one of the main settings for the book, "The Princess Diaries." 960 1280

Plaza Hotel   

The Stanley Hotel (Colorado)

The Stanley Hotel (Colorado)

We all know of this historic Colorado hotel as the setting for "The Shining." Overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park, this 140-room neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park also boasts a ghost adventure package; a stay in a haunted room is included. 960 1280

Scott Dressel-Martin  

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Set against New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this property dates back to 1865, and is spread across 1,700 acres in the town of Whitefield, NH. 960 1280

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The Grand Hotel (Michigan)

The Grand Hotel (Michigan)

This historic hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, stretches back to 1887. The hotel boasts views of the Straits of Mackinac, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a rocking chair, on the world’s longest porch. 960 1280

Grand Hotel  

The Biltmore Hotel (Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel (Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., was built by a business magnate in 1926. At the time of its construction, which cost a total of $10 million, the property was the tallest building in all of Florida. 960 1280

Biltmore Hotel  

Castle Hotel and Spa (New York)

Castle Hotel and Spa (New York)

The Castle Hotel & Spa is just 30 minutes from Manhattan, and offers great views of the Hudson River. More than 100 years old, the property has roots in America’s Gilded Age.  960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

The US Grant Hotel (California)

The US Grant Hotel (California)

A fixture of downtown San Diego, the U.S. Grant Hotel, was built by Ulysses S. Grant Jr. (yes, the famous president's son.) Buck, as he was called, named the hotel in his father’s honor. Today, the hotel boasts 270 guestrooms and a roster of famous guests, including 12 U.S. presidents. 960 1280

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The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

Built in the 1920s, the Heathman Hotel is located at the corner of Salmon Street and Broadway in Portland, Ore. The 10-story structure was built to host the rich timber barons and politicians of the day. 960 1280

Heathman Hotel  

Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD)

Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD)

You can't get more presidential than Mount Rushmore. This national memorial in South Dakota features the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. 960 1280

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State Capitol Rotunda (Denver, CO)

State Capitol Rotunda (Denver, CO)

The rotunda of the state capitol building in Denver features portraits of all the US presidents. 960 1280

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Greenbrier Resort (White Sulpher Springs, WV)

Greenbrier Resort (White Sulpher Springs, WV)

The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia has played host to 26 US presidents. The last president to stay at the resort during his presidency was Dwight Eisenhower. 960 1280

Bobak Ha'Eri, Wikimedia Commons  

Mount Vernon (Mt. Vernon, VA)

Mount Vernon (Mt. Vernon, VA)

'Visitors watch as "America's smallest parade" takes place at historic Mount Vernon, Virginia near Washington, D.C., February 20, 2006. The U.S. is celebrating President's Day with parades and pageantry throughout the country. REUTERS/Mannie Garcia' 960 1280

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (Springfield, IL)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (Springfield, IL)

Visitors look at a depiction of President Abraham Lincoln meeting with his cabinet, while touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL. 960 1280

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, DC)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, DC)

President Clinton touches the statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's dog, Fala, as he and first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, view the FDR Memorial. The memorial places Roosevelt, the country's 32nd president, alongside giants of US history, Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson with monuments in the heart of the capital. 960 1280

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Harry S. Truman's Farmhouse Sitting Room (Independence, MO)

Harry S. Truman's Farmhouse Sitting Room (Independence, MO)

This humble sitting room is from the farmhouse of President Harry S. Truman, located in Independence, MO. 960 1280

National Park Service  

Dwight D. Eisenhower Childhood Home (Denison,TX)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Childhood Home (Denison,TX)

Dwight D. Eisenhower, born in this house in Denison, TX, rose from modest roots to become Supreme Commander of all Allied forces during World War II and US president from 1953 to 1961. 960 1280

Jim Bowen through the Flickr Creative Commons License  

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

Nancy Reagan touches the grave marker of her husband, Ronald Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, on June 5, 2005, the one-year anniversary of his death. 960 1280

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Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

Monticello, near Charlottesville, VA, was designed by Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States. 960 1280

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Adams Tomb (Quincy, MA)

Adams Tomb (Quincy, MA)

The tomb of John Adams (left), second president of the US, is located at the same site as his son, John Quincy Adams (right), sixth president of the US, and their wives, at the United First Parish Church in Quincy, MA. 960 1280

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated in 1979, is located on Columbia Point in Boston, MA. The building is the official repository for the original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration. 960 1280

Reuters  

Montpelier (Orange, VA)

Montpelier (Orange, VA)

Montpelier, located near Orange, VA, was a large tobacco plantation and estate of the prominent Madison family of Virginia planters, including James Madison, fourth president of the United States.
960 1280

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George H.W. Bush Library (College Station, TX)

George H.W. Bush Library (College Station, TX)

Four US presidents pose inside the George H.W. Bush Library in College Station, TX, on November 6, 1997. Shown (L-R) are Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford. 960 1280

REUTERS/Win McNamee  

William J. Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR)

William J. Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR)

Exhibit area featuring an exact replica of the Oval Office in the White House at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR, November 17, 2004. 960 1280

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The Broadmoor (Colorado)

The Broadmoor (Colorado)

The Broadmoor was built in the early 20th century as the "Grand Dame of the Rockies." Sitting at an elevation of 6,230 feet above sea level, the hotel was one of the finest resort destinations during the Gilded Age. 960 1280

ivanastar / Getty Images  

Biltmore Estate (North Carolina)

Biltmore Estate (North Carolina)

Although the mansion itself is only available for tours, not overnight stays, the estate boasts three well-appointed lodging properties: The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Cottage on Biltmore Estate and Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate. 960 1280

By RLTerry (R. L. Terry) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons  

Hotel Del Coronado (California)

Hotel Del Coronado (California)

Located just across from the San Diego Bay, Hotel del Coronado is one of the largest wooden structures in the U.S. Built in 1888, the hotel has gone on to host presidents, royalty and celebrities, like Charlie Chaplin back in the day. 960 1280

Hotel del Coronado  

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Louisiana)

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Louisiana)

Take a stroll through the largest antebellum mansion in the South. Built in 1859, Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA, has three floors, six taircases, three bathrooms and a whopping 64 rooms. 960 1280

Robin Castaldi  

The Cincinnatian Hotel (Ohio)

The Cincinnatian Hotel (Ohio)

The Cincinnatian Hotel has been a landmark of downtown Cincinnati since 1882. The hotel, originally known as the Palace Hotel, spans eight stories, and was built in the French Second Empire architectural style. 960 1280

By Photo by Greg Hume (Greg5030) (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Beverly Hills Hotel (California)

Beverly Hills Hotel (California)

Opened in 1912, the famed Beverly Hills Hotel hosted the Silent Age’s great stars, from Rudolph Valentino to Gloria Swanson. The hotel was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, in the Mediterranean Revival style.  960 1280

Beverly Hills Hotel  

The Plaza Hotel (New York)

The Plaza Hotel (New York)

Located across from Central Park, the famed Plaza Hotel is one of the prized jewels of Manhattan. The 20-story luxury hotel was featured in Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby." It was also one of the main settings for the book, "The Princess Diaries." 960 1280

Plaza Hotel   

The Stanley Hotel (Colorado)

The Stanley Hotel (Colorado)

We all know of this historic Colorado hotel as the setting for "The Shining." Overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park, this 140-room neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park also boasts a ghost adventure package; a stay in a haunted room is included. 960 1280

Scott Dressel-Martin  

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Set against New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this property dates back to 1865, and is spread across 1,700 acres in the town of Whitefield, NH. 960 1280

Peggy Gordon / Getty Images  

The Grand Hotel (Michigan)

The Grand Hotel (Michigan)

This historic hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, stretches back to 1887. The hotel boasts views of the Straits of Mackinac, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a rocking chair, on the world’s longest porch. 960 1280

Grand Hotel  

The Biltmore Hotel (Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel (Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., was built by a business magnate in 1926. At the time of its construction, which cost a total of $10 million, the property was the tallest building in all of Florida. 960 1280

Biltmore Hotel  

Castle Hotel and Spa (New York)

Castle Hotel and Spa (New York)

The Castle Hotel & Spa is just 30 minutes from Manhattan, and offers great views of the Hudson River. More than 100 years old, the property has roots in America’s Gilded Age.  960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

The US Grant Hotel (California)

The US Grant Hotel (California)

A fixture of downtown San Diego, the U.S. Grant Hotel, was built by Ulysses S. Grant Jr. (yes, the famous president's son.) Buck, as he was called, named the hotel in his father’s honor. Today, the hotel boasts 270 guestrooms and a roster of famous guests, including 12 U.S. presidents. 960 1280

gregobagel / Getty Images  

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

Built in the 1920s, the Heathman Hotel is located at the corner of Salmon Street and Broadway in Portland, Ore. The 10-story structure was built to host the rich timber barons and politicians of the day. 960 1280

Heathman Hotel  

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